A Maine school had a cheerleading squad this fall that truly was a one-man — or rather, one-woman — show.
As reported by Boston.com, Katie Berthiaume, a senior at Messalonskee (Me.) High School, spent her Friday night’s this fall at football games, leading cheers for the Messalonskee football team. There’s just one trick: The only person she was leading was herself.
Messalonskee started off the 2018 season with just five cheerleaders, in part because of communication issues related to who — if anyone – would coach the cheer team. Before the opening weekend, Berthiaume’s group lost one cheerleader do the grades, then lost three of others due to work conflicts.
That left Berthiaume on her own, and she never backed down. Using a wooden block to elevate herself on the sidelines, she determined when to use what cheer, then yelled out her motivational threads as loud as she could.
It might not have worked, except that Berthiaume was so convincing she got the school’s band to join along in a psuedo call and response fashion.
“The band was a big help at my school,” Berthiaume told Boston.com. “They learned most of my cheers, and they cheered along with me. They listened to me. They helped make myself louder because I’m loud, but I’m not that loud.”
While Berthiaume’s historic levels of determination made her a cheerleading cause célèbre in the fall, she’s actually much more excited about the forthcoming basketball season, when she expects to have as many as nine teammates.
“I’m really excited,” Berthiaume told Boston.com. “I’m hoping that they will all stay, but you never know.”