Two Bret Harte High cheerleaders helped their program earn some outside recognition.
Seniors Brooke Lawrence and Holly Foster traveled with nine other Bret Harte students to compete in a United Spirit Association (USA) competition in Santa Cruz from June 26-29, with the pair earning all-star honors in the song leader division.
“To be chosen, you have to have a lot of precision in your moves,” coach Jennifer Truman said. “Brooke and Holly demonstrated unity, commitment, and dedication.”
Truman, who is also the girls soccer coach at Bret Harte, took over the cheerleading squad this year and is excited about the group’s potential.
“We have 11 girls, so this is one of the biggest squads in a long time,” Truman said. “I told them from the beginning that we are here to compete. We’re not just here to bake cookies for the football team.”
Out of the 60 competitors in their category, Lawrence and Foster were two of the top five competitors that were chosen as all stars.
Lawrence, an accomplished runner on the Bret Harte cross country and track teams, has not cheered since middle school, according to Truman.
Competing against high school students from all over, Truman said she was very impressed with her all-star duo’s performance.
“They had three days to learn seven dances,” Truman said. “It’s like being a performer who has to know their lines. You had better be able to ad lib. I think they really stood out.”