Many at Fremont cheering for new spirit boosters

School has not had cheerleaders since 2009

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Make-Shift Cheerleaders -- From left, seniors Thao Duong, Barbara Rojas, Jazmin Gomez and Karla Villatoro created their own green and gold tutus to boost spirit at the Homecoming Rally Nov. 6. They are not cheerleaders but do support the teams at Fremont. Marquis Wilhite (at right) has been the main cheerleader for the sports teams in the last two years with his Tiger mascot costume.

In the past few years, complaints about a lack of spirit at Fremont have been common.  And many attribute this to the lack of a cheerleading squad.

The school has not had a formal group of cheerleaders with uniforms and a full-time coach for five years.

One person particularly upset about the situation is junior Raeshonna Smith. She wanted to join a cheerleading squad and has had her hopes crushed for two years in a row when plans to form a cheerleading program fell through.

“I feel disappointed because I always wanted to cheer, and I thought this was my opportunity to do it for my school,” said Smith.

Smith was one of the many girls who showed up for this year cheerleading tryouts. She thinks that cheerleading will keep girls occupied and support the players.

The main reason that Fremont does not have a cheerleading squad is that the school has not able to find a qualified adult to run the team due to the fact that the it is an unpaid position.

Another problem is keeping the players eligible since cheerleaders are required to keep a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Others feel spirit died, not just because of the cheerleading shortage, but because of changes in the structure of the school.

“The thing was, we broke up into small academies and every academy had to bring their own identity,” said Principal Emiliano Sanchez, a 1980 graduate of Fremont High.

A 1995 graduate sees a similar reason.

“When the school was split it killed the school spirit,” said Jasmene Miranda, an alumna of

Fremont High School who is back working with video students in the Media Academy.

Many adults and students think that having a cheerleading squad will help Fremont gain school spirit because the cheerleading squad will be in charge of getting people interested in going to school games and in being more active in school rallies.

Athletes are especially hopeful that cheerleaders will return to Fremont.

“It (a cheerleading squad) will motivate us in our games and will keep the crowd active,” said freshman football player Eric Brown.

Students at Fremont feel that the the school spirit affects the way are sports teams play.

“A cheerleading squad will help us keep our winning streak,” said senior Lawrence Hong.

Female athletes also see the benefit of having cheerleaders .

“Cheerleaders will pump our players more,” said senior basketball player, Essence Lee.

Nidya Baez, who graduated in 2003 from Fremont, and who runs the Leadership class at Fremont is frustrated about the spirit.

Make-Shift Cheerleaders -- From left, seniors Thao Duong, Barbara Rojas, Jazmin Gomez and Karla Aragon created their own green and gold tutus to boost spirit at the Homecoming Rally Nov. 6. They are not cheerleaders but do support the teams at Fremont. Marquis Wilhite (at right) has been the main cheerleader for the sports teams in the last two years with his Tiger mascot costume.
Make-Shift Cheerleaders — From left, seniors Thao Duong, Barbara Rojas, Jazmin Gomez and Karla Aragon created their own green and gold tutus to boost spirit at the Homecoming Rally Nov. 6. They are not cheerleaders but do support the teams at Fremont. Marquis Wilhite (at right) has been the main cheerleader for the sports teams in the last two years with his Tiger mascot costume.

“I wish there was a group of students that are really about spirit and representing Fremont, but not having that group of students will be hard,” said Baez. “Students see people [cheerleaders] as rachet and don’t want to be part of it.”