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Olathe West Cheer And Dance Team Compete In State

Natalie Castaneda
The cheer team performs at state in Topeka.

Olathe West dance competed in State on Friday and cheer competed the following day. 

Dance placed eighth out of 18 teams during State. Senior dance team member Lillian Mannis spoke about how she thought it went. 

“We worked super hard leading up into it,” Mannis said. “We worked harder than we ever had for any competition in years past. It really paid off. We might have not been as good as we wanted to but I think we really went out there and gave it our all and it definitely showed our progression throughout the years. Our hard work definitely showed through.”  

Mannis was really proud of the girls and how they performed. She was most proud of how hard they worked leading up to state.  

“The motivation everyone had was so encouraging and the energy was good and we went out and gave it our all,” Mannis said. 

Mannis could feel the energy of her teammates and she loved the attitude they brought to State. 

“The energy throughout the day was just so amazing and it was a really fun day and our placement didn’t [bring] us down,” Mannis said. “We just had so much fun and we were still there all together as a team.”

Something that Mannis thought could help improve their performance was easing all the nerves while competing. 

“I think the nerves definitely got to us, but I still think we did a good job overcoming them,” Mannis said.

Cheer placed 12th out of 18 teams at State. Sophomore cheerleader Reagan Batty said that she thought they performed well. 

“State went really well,” Batty said. “We performed all of our routines and we hit all of them and we had a lot of fun doing it.” 

Even though placing 12th out of 18 teams, Batty said they had many accomplishments while competing. 

 “Our biggest accomplishment was our cheer because we had high difficulty stunts, and we hit all of them,” Batty said.

Batty was very proud about how they performed at State. 

“I think overall we weren’t looking for how well we were going to place,” Batty said. “We were just looking for how well we were going to perform and how well we did our routines.”

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Maya Gee, Writer
Maya Gee is a Writer for the Olathe West newspaper. This is her first year on the staff. Maya is involved with the KAY Club, sophomore committee and the basketball team. Outside of school Maya enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball, she mainly enjoys watching college basketball. Her favorite team is KU. Maya is looking forward to getting more involved with the school, and learning new things about the newspaper. What Maya loves most about journalism is getting to write stories and learn more about certain things about this. 

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