Becoming a high school cheerleader was the last thing Gracie Crabtree thought she would do in high school. That was until Crabtree and some friends tried out for the cheer squad.
“Never in a million years did I think I would be a high school cheerleader. Growing up I played soccer, and I quit playing my eighth grade year. A lot of my friends tried out for eighth grade cheer, so I thought I would too. And I haven’t looked back ever since,” said Crabtree.
Now a senior at Durant High School, Crabtree said she and her teammates are excited to get this year started.
“I am excited about cheering for all of Durant Athletics. I especially love cheering on our football team at Paul Laird Field. Within the cheer squad we have a leadership team. The leadership team consists of four members: two seniors, me and McKinley Castor along with two juniors Shiloh Austin and Addi Couch. We all help lead the cheer team and each of us play a specific role in doing so,” said Crabtree. “I love how hard working and goal oriented my team is. They are a group of hardworking, dedicated, loyal and passionate girls, my list could go on and on.”
Crabtree is not only in cheer, but she is a member of STUCO, serving as a student council representative. She’s also in media and FCA.
“Durant High School is a great place to be a student-athlete because of the endless support and encouragement. Being a cheerleader, I not only have the support of my high school but the community. I think being a student athlete you help bring your community together,” said Crabtree.
The senior said she wants her class to be remembered as leaders.
“I want my class to be remembered as leaders within our school and community. That we represent Durant as one team, one family,” said Crabtree.