MORRIS — Morris senior cheerleader Olivia Jenkins helped lead the Redskins to second place last weekend in the Medium School division at the Farmington Sectional. Jenkins also came up with the hashtag for this year's team - #4TGN2Y - which stands for "For The Girl Next To You." Jenkins and her teammates will compete at this weekend's state finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. Morris hits the floor at 1 p.m.
MHN: Have you been a cheerleader all four years in high school?
Jenkins: I actually started in eighth grade. A lot of my friends were cheerleaders, so I tried out and made the team. Now, I am a senior and I am the only one from that group that's still cheerleading.
MHN: What do you like most about it?
Jenkins: I like that there a lot of positive vibes at practice. Now, we are really focusing on our competition routine, and I really like doing that, too.
MHN: How did you come up with the slogan?
Jenkins: It was just something I was thinking about. I actually thought of it last year, but this year, it's the slogan. Ever since I was a freshman through this year, I have noticed that we do things for each other, so I wanted us to focus on that.
MHN: How has it worked out for you?
Jenkins: We have gotten closer as a team. It has gotten a lot of the younger girls to kind of break out of their shells and know that everyone is wanting them to do well. We are more able to calm each other down if someone is struggling with something. We all try to help.
MHN: What is the strongest part of your routine?
Jenkins: For a while, it was our tumbling, but we have been working a lot on our stunt work. Some of the girls that struggled with the stunts earlier have gotten a lot better at it and we are pretty strong in that, too.
MHN: What do you hope for at state?
Jenkins: We just want to go out there and hit our routine. We would love to make it to the second day, but if we come off the floor and know we did our best, that is what we want the most.