Sophomore Saje Aguilar is the first male cheerleader in Canyon View history. We’ll be following Saje’s journey through his sophomore year of high school and the 2020-2021 season.
September 14, 2020
We had our first in person practice last Wednesday. Moneyra and I showed up together and masks must be worn during the whole practice just like in tryouts. During tryouts I found out it was hard to do jumps and the cheer with a mask on but it’s for our safety.
During practice we went over some cheers we learned on the virtual practices and we learned some new ones as well. Everyone on the team is amazing and we’re all trying to help out each other to make sure we get it and to make sure questions are getting answered.
Towards the end of Thursday’s practice the coaches asked us a question about what is one cheer goal we have for ourselves. I had no clue on what to say at the moment, but I took the time to really think about it. I personally feel like I have a lot to improve on because I am going to stand out a lot and there’s going to be a lot of eyes looking at me. So I feel like I have to make sure my jumps are good and when we cheer I don’t mess up.
But with the support I have from my teammates everything is going to be fine.
September 3, 2020
I recently made history by being the first male cheerleader here at Canyon View. I think I always wanted to tryout but just didn’t have the courage. I remember telling some friends I wanted to tryout my freshmen year but I was too scared. Then in January of 2020, I decided I was going to tryout so I started working on jumps and my flexibility.
I didn’t tell a lot of people for fear of being judged or being looked at differently. I had such a good mindset and was so positive, but when tryouts got closer there were some people telling me to not tryout because I was a boy and people wouldn’t like me.
I’m not going to lie, that did get to me and it did affect me and made me look at things differently. But I had such good friends who helped me overcome them. These friends are Juilana and Moneyra. They basically became my coaches these past months helping me with jumps, cheers and dances for tryouts.
The night we tried out I lost all hope that I was not going to make the team. I thought I did terrible. Moneyra and I were on the phone waiting for the results because Coach Levers said she was going to post them no later than 7 p.m. When the results came in, Moneyra and I were shocked because we saw I had both made the JV team and she made varsity.
Next week we have our first in-person practice and I’m really excited.