Johnson Cheer: It's About More Than Cheer
When one hears the word “cheerleader” one might think of pom-poms and megaphones. Or one might imagine a squad of spirited young women, cheering their school’s sports teams on to victory. One might even think of the difficult tumbling passes, unbelievable toe-touches and human pyramids that characterize cheer competitions. But at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School cheerleading is about so much more than that. Johnson’s cheerleaders are encouraged to make a difference in the community, taking the energy and passion they display in competition or on the sidelines at a football game and channeling it to make a positive impact on those around them.
On Friday, October 5th Johnson’s freshman squad was on hand at Cibolo Green Elementary to inject some Jag Spirit into the school’s Fall Fest. The cheerleaders branched out to tour the festival grounds and interact with the future Jags. The squad also helped to staff some of the booths at this fun family event.
On Saturday, September 29th overnight thunderstorms threatened to put a damper on the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk, which raises funds to help people with Down syndrome lead healthier, more self-sufficient lives. But setup crews were on-hand at Heroes Stadium before dawn to make sure tents, booths, and tables were ready to go when the crowds turned out and Johnson Cheer brought their smiles and spirit to encourage participants and keep the gray skies away. The rain stayed away and the 2012 Buddy Walk was a huge success, with more than 3,500 participants “cheered” on by Johnson cheer! “I always look forward to volunteering at the Buddy Walk and this year was no exception, “said varsity cheerleader Michelle Bogush. “I loved playing and dancing with all the kids there and seeing their faces light up! The best reward I received on that day was knowing those kids were happy.”
Earlier last month, in honor of September 11th, Johnson’s varsity cheer squad prepared a dinner of salad, spaghetti and garlic bread for the volunteer firefighters at the Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department, located near the Johnson campus. Not to be outdone, the freshman squad prepared an equally delicious meal for the San Antonio firefighters at station 46 on Evans Road. The brave firefighters were grateful for the meal and appreciative of the gesture. Head cheerleader Alex Hutcheson summed up the squads efforts saying, “I really love being able to serve our firefighters who spend many hours protecting our community.”
Johnson cheerleaders prove time and time again that they are committed to being role models and making a difference in the community.
Posted on November 6, 2012