This Brave Cheerleader Rallies Crowds Alone in Oakland, Maine
At Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, the cheer is "two, four, six, eight, who do *I* appreciate"... because there's only one cheerleader.
"A lot of the girls on the team last year weren't able to do it this year for personal reasons or they just didn't want to," Kaitlyn Berthiaume told News Center Maine.
But that didn't stop Katilyn from continuing on the team; she decided to go it alone. The sheer courage it takes to stand up and perform in front of a huge crowd is already an impressive feat; but doing it alone takes it to a whole new level.
Berthiaume told News Center Maine that there are pros and cons to being the sole squad member: she was automatically nominated cheer captain, and no one would notice if she messes up because there's no one to compare her moves to. On the flip side, she misses out on some of the best parts of cheering.
"I love stunting, you can't really stunt with one person," she said.
Berthiaume is outnumbered 2:1 by her two coaches, Annie ad Maila, who shout support from the sidelines. The best thing about flying solo this year has been the response from the community and even other teams' cheer squads. Opposing teams have even invited Katilyn to join in with their cheering.
"We've gotten a lot of positive feedback. Coach Annie and I definitely want her to know that she has a much big influence than she realizes." Cheer coach Maila Couture said.
Who says you need more than one for #squadgoals?