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Squad Goals: eStem Cheerleading

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The eStem Middle Public Charter School cheer squad includes sixteen girls who embody leadership. To them, being a cheerleader is more than just supporting the eStem METS athletes; it’s being a role model to spread spirit and a feeling of accomplishment throughout the school.

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“We rise every morning knowing there are no limits to greatness. Limits are for speed signs; not leaders, not champions. We are Students. We are Athletes. We are Leaders. We are eStem.”  — eStem Student-Athlete Handbook

This cheer squad believes spirit, respect, and kindness are the No. 1 priority for cheerleaders. In fact, they wrote a team mission statement with that focus. They want to encourage all students to do their best to be victorious in athletics and academics.

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First-year coaches Marla Enderson and Stephanie Johnson look for girls who are athletic and excellent role models for the other students. “They are cheerLEADERS and should be a leader on and off the basketball court. Here at eStem, our cheerleaders want to include everyone and help everyone feel supported,” says Enderson.

Strength of character is the top priority for their squad. “We hope the cheerleaders will be the type of people who will embrace the student who may sit alone at lunch. We hope they will be the type of person who will stand up for others. We know they will always try to do the next right thing and encourage others to do the same,” says Johnson.

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Since eStem doesn’t have its own gymnasium, they cheer at UALR and Arkansas School for the Deaf for home games and attend away games at other schools. They cheer at an annual testing pep rally to get students pumped up for state testing. The girls also attend local events such as the Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure to cheer on community members.

Cheerleading has had a positive impact on many of the team members. In past years, girls changed their work and study ethics to improve their grades to reach the standards required to be a cheerleader at eStem. Teachers report how cheerleaders’ attitudes have changed in a positive way since they have joined the cheer squad.

Community Service
Community service projects are important to the eStem Middle School cheer squad. Please contact Marla Enderson at marla.enderson@estemlr.net if you have a community service project that might be a good fit for them.

Come Cheer on the METS
They have games on Mondays or Thursdays. A schedule can be found on the school website. The squad would love to see you in the stands to help cheer the players to a victory! GO METS!

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Stacey Valley is a wife, mom of four girls (two by marriage and two by adoption), and public health professional. She adores her interracial, real-life modern family, and is thankful that her husband Anthony loves her kind of crazy. Cooking is her therapy. She dreams of moving to Italy one day, so you can often find her binging on House Hunters International. Stacey’s life motto is "Live big. Love deep." which is also the name of her blog.

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