Q: What sports do you plan on playing in your senior season?
Q: Did you ever play any other sports?
A: I actually did football when I was young, flag football, and I also did baseball. I used to be a tomboy.
Q: Why not transition into softball or other sports in high school?
A: Cheerleading really became a year-round thing and really if I wanted to excel at it I had to put more time into it instead of being mediocre at other sports. So I just put all my time into cheerleading so I could be better for the season.
Q: Do you really have downtime away from sports?
A: Yeah, there are times, but even when it’s not the season I’m still training and doing things like tumbling, stretching, or stunting.
Q: What was it about cheerleading that drew your attention?
A: When I was younger, my mom put me in gymnastics, because I was loud and I had so much energy. But it wasn’t burning enough of my energy, so she decided to put me in cheer, and ever since then it’s just worked out.
Q: How much training do you do per day or week?
A: I do about three hours a day about five days a week, so about 15 hours a week.
Q: Rating the sports you play versus academics, what’s most important in your life?
A: Academics, definitely academics.
Q: Are the two close in ranking in life importance?
A: Yes, they are very close, but definitely academics.
Q: In what way are you uniquely gifted?
A: I’m very flexible. I can do black flips, tumbles and stuff like that.
Q: What skills do sports teach you that you apply to life?
A: Dedication, hard work, obviously, also being punctual.
Q: What goals do you have for your senior year, academically and/or athletically?
A: I want to graduate with a 4.3. GPA and then for sports I want to be captain of the cheer team for both competition and sideline.
Q: What are your personal dreams?
A: I want to be a psychologist for children.
Q: What is something you would want to do every day?
A: I’d like to coach a cheer team.
Q: What has been your best high school sports moment?
A: My first competition was very memorable. I was one of the only freshmen and it was more surreal. I wasn’t really expecting to be the way it was and then I became good friends with all the girls on the team.
Q: Any coaches, teachers, or family members who have helped you get to this point?
A: Mrs. Tiff (Hughes), Franky Carter, Mrs. Joel Keen, and my mom.
Q: What advice would you give to the next generation of Conchs?
A: Enjoy it while it lasts because it does go by very fast. I know it does sound cliché but it really does go by fast. It’s the fastest four years of your life.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?
A: Enjoy it while it lasts. All my siblings told me that.
Q: I take it you are the youngest?
Q: Having invested so much time — physically, mentally, and emotionally — to your sport, in what way can you have proper closure during your senior year?
A: Basically I got involved in as many clubs as possible and I found the more I was involved in my class the more I found out it was for me. I don’t regret it at all. All the time I spent building floats, doing homecoming skits, waking up early to go get community service, it was all worth it.
Q: Anywhere in the world you want to visit?
A: Hawaii, because I want to go surfing.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
A: I like to go on the boat, obviously. I like to go to Snipes (Key), spearfish, snorkel and stuff like that.
Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced as a student-athlete?
A: Trying to prioritize my time and my social life and my school life all in one. Just making an even schedule.
Q: If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?
Q: Do you have any college interests?
Q: Do you plan to cheer in college?
A: I was actually really looking forward to that, but last year I ended up getting shoulder surgery and after everything, there’s still a 30% chance it will come out, so I’m even lucky to be out here this year. So even if I wanted to cheer in college, if it were to come out again, which the chances are high, it would destroy my shoulder forever. So I’m not allowed to.
Q: If you had to opportunity, would you take it?
A: Oh yeah, for sure.
Q: What is something you would tell your college roommate about the Keys?
A: Everyone knows everyone, it’s a small town, we all get along for the most part, and we all bond over the water and Snipes Saturdays.
Q: On your first trip back home, what will be the meal you ask for?
A: Picadillo from my mom.
Q: You talked about wanting to be a child psychologist. What interests you in that career?
A: I’ve watched a bunch of doctor films and I feel so bad for the kids on there that I want to make a difference in the world and if I could do that, one child at a time, it would mean a lot to me.