Looking at the sidelines at Alma High School, you’d think Cashmere Albright was experiencing the game like anyone else in attendance— except she isn’t.
Cashmere was born completely deaf and was nonverbal until the age of four. With the help of a cochlear device she can hear some sounds but also relies heavily on reading lips. But you’d never know that watching Cashmere cheer on her high school.
Never letting her hearing impairment get in the way of her goals, Cashmere tried out for the cheerleading team in 8th grade and has been hooked ever since. Her drive and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed. “Once she sets her mind to something, she will not stop working hard until she is able to accomplish it,” said her coach, Christy Law. “I admire her ability to work to be her absolute best in everything she does.”
At the start of the routine Cashmere is counted in as the music starts and is able to stay on count the whole routine- even without fully hearing the beat of the music. “Cashmere inspires me with her ability to overcome so much. She has to work harder than others to learn counts, memorize cheer words, and execute routines,” said Law.
Cashmere’s is a story of persistence and dedication to her craft. She loves tumbling and learning new skills. She’s an exceptional backspot. And more importantly, she’s an inspiration to her teammates and coaches and never gives up on her dreams. “I love getting to be Cashmere’s coach,” said Law. “She inspires me every day with everything she is able to accomplish.”
Cashmere is an NCA and UCA All-American and she’s been on two State Runners Up teams at Alma. “Cheering has definitely made my overall high school experience better,” said Cashmere. “I’ve made friends, learned responsibility skills, and have had fun cheering on my team every Friday night.”
Whatever you put your mind to you can do—and Cashmere is a perfect example of just that.