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Beyond the Sidelines: 7th Grade Strack Cheerleader, Camille Douglas, on Competition Day

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Nothing in the world can describe the feeling of being on the floor and giving your routine every single ounce of energy and attitude that you have. Waking up on competition morning is one of the best feelings. It's not like waking up on a school morning and dragging yourself out of your cozy bed. After all of the hard work you and your team has put in, you wake up knowing you are going to perform like crazy. Yes, the hair and makeup can be a little stressful at times, but it's all worth it. Once you are at your ending pose and listening to the crowd roar, it's exhilarating and a feeling that you can't put into words. You may struggle with a new skill or disagree with your teammates, but in the end you're all a family that has stuck together because you're all reaching for the same goal...victory.

Camille (left) and teammate Hailey (right).