Published on August 13th, 2013 | Posted by: Ryan Martin
AC’s All Access with Hailey Bednar
Hello AC readers! My name is Hailey Bednar and I am really excited to be blogging for AmericanCheerleader.com this season! I cheer for The Stingray Allstars in Marietta, Georgia, and I am on the Large Senior all girl level 5 team, more commonly known as “Orange.” This will be my 10th year as an all star cheerleader and my third year on Orange. As a junior in high school, I am also a third year Varsity competition and sideline cheerleader for Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. Being a part of these teams has been an amazing experience and a dream come true, especially because my school team brought home a State Championship title last November and Orange won their 7th World Championship title this past April! I have been blessed to have been a part of the team during two of those World Championships.
Last May, The Stingray All-stars had tryouts for the 2013-2014 season. They were very bittersweet though. The day that the teams were to be announced, Chris Gage, a Stingray coach, was in a very terrible car accident. Our focus turned from tryout results toward prayer. An 8 p.m. prayer circle at Rays has become a new tradition, where we lift up Chris. Thankfully, he is now in a long-term rehabilitation center, has made significant progress and will hopefully return home soon. With a heavy heart, after a few days, they announced the results. I was so excited to see that Orange had joined the Large Senior division and that I would get to experience it!
This summer, we practiced Monday and Wednesday nights. Orange always warms up with what we call “cheer-obics,” and we follow the warm-up with jump conditioning and tumbling. Summer is the season of progression, so everyone on the squad is working on perfection their skills that they gained in the past few months. After we finish working on our running and standing tumbling, we drill our stunt sequence as well as our pyramid transitions that we have been working on.
Different from other summers, this year Stingrays organized a level 5 camp in Jacksonville, Florida. All of our level 5 teams participated, including Orange. At camp we not only established our stunt groups, but we also solidified a stunt sequence as well as a few pyramid transitions that we wanted to use in our routine. Not only were we working hard, but it was also an amazing way to build new friendships on the team and on other teams as well!
Now that school is back, Orange choreography is right around the corner. After being a small team for several years, and then moving to medium last year, I am extremely excited to see what our new routine holds with even more girls on the floor! With a new year comes new challenges, and I can’t wait to see what this season holds for us in the Large Senior all girl division!
Be sure to check back in to see our progress! Let’s go Rays!
- Hailey Bednar