Verdigris Cardinals Cheer Spotlight – Presented by Roberts Auto Center

By Derrick Smith

Verdigris cheer head coach Amy Myers is in her second year of leading the Lady Cardinals. She says she has a great team and part of that could be attributed to her laying down the law early on. 

“My team’s biggest strength is their bond. I am and was very persistent of zero drama, which is sometimes hard for teen girls,” she said. “We started team bonding things from the beginning. I truly believe that when a team is close, like a family, it’s easier to get them to perform in sync and at a higher level.”

Senior captain Lilly Hight says that she enjoys cheering with her team while also being able to represent her school. 

“The thing I enjoy most is that I get to represent my school while doing something that I love to do,” she said. “I enjoy cheering with my team because our bond is unbreakable. We all know that we have each other’s backs no matter what.”

While the team is young this year, Myers says that she is proud to see them maturing and making an impact on the team. 

“We are a very young squad, half of our team is made up of freshman and sophomores,” she said. “These girls are growing as athletes and young women daily. They have so many ideas of how to bring community and school closer together for our students and our athletic programs. I look forward to leading them and continuing to watch them grow. They make me proud of the human beings they are.”

The team accountability and school spirit are what junior captain Madi McGraw says is the best about cheering. 

“The thing I love most about cheering for my school is getting to lead the football team on the field, how hard we work together as a team, and definitely cheering at the football games. My favorite thing about our team is not only how hard we work, but how we push each other to work harder, even when we’re tired. I also love how encouraging we all are of one another; we are each other’s cheerleaders.”