Cherish Every Moment Under the Glowing Lights

Da Vinci Senior Valerie Alden took pride competing at the Summit Championships. Over 500 teams got the National Honor  to compete at the Summit Nationals in Orlando Florida The Summit is an invitational competition only given to the best teams all over the United States. To receive this invitation, hard working cheer teams have to practice diligently for years. The coaches are dedicated to helping the athletes get to where they want to go which is The Summit. University Cheer Force had 7 cheer teams along with 1x world champ team at the Worlds.  

“I was really excited about the 7 teams that went to Summit and the 1 worlds team” said Coach Dwayne

Valerie had some magical moments made with her teammates from University Cheer Force as they hit zero. Her team had no technical errors or deductions. She was amazed when she was on the sideline cheering on other athletes seeing other top cheer teams in the US in one place. As her cheer team was preparing for the performance , there were varsity staff workers talking about her team about to take on the stage

“Going backstage it got darker  hearing the big loud arena I had to prepare mentally and physically, my heart was beating like drums and tears were coming down my cheeks, I went to the side to do my confident power stance two friends taught me and hearing the varsity staff in the background saying  ‘Twisters are about to take the floor.’ I knew I had to go out and do my best”.

Valerie and her cheer team took the summit stage as the spotlights are shining bright on their faces, the crowds cheering and when the routine ended the arena got loud and crazy

Valerie Alden states “It’s the loudest cheering I’ve heard from the audience ever, it was neat that other teams and parents were watching us, the sportsmanship is amazing. All athletes were respectful of each other because all of are the best in the US, I’m so proud of myself”

Football and Fancy Feet

Homecoming, occurring on October 19, 2018, was a memorable day for staff and students at Da Vinci Charter Academy. Students were excited for Homecoming, which included getting out of school early, a parade, an animated football game and concluded with a dance. The parade included the shaking of the cheerleaders’ poms and the sticks hitting the bands drums. Da Vinci senior Ella Moore was proud to be part of the parade.

Senior Kayden Hoal proudly in the air (Credit Davis Enterprise)

The most exciting part of Hoco for me is marching in the parade. It may seem kinda dumb, but I really like marching in the rows. The percussionists were in the back and we played a lot more than the other instrumentalists.”

Similar to the band members, the cheerleaders worked strongly to get ready for the big game; it was a busy and fun week for them. The cheerleaders performed a routine that filled the crowds with excitement.

Cheerleaders excited on the red wagon. (Credit Angela Schouten)

“The week of practice was busy and consisted of a lot of changes to the routine as we went but overall it was fun. The most exciting part of the game was performing the routine that we worked really hard on and having it go really well. It was also super fun getting the student section pumped up and being able to throw DHS gear to them,” said senior cheerleader Olivia Quesada.

The students liked and enjoyed the Homecoming parade, as well as the Homecoming event as a whole. It’s an event that students and staff will always remember.