Pritzker Co-Ed Cheer team Wins the Noble Cheer Championship

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Senior Cheer Athlete Emily Trujillo holds the Noble League 2022 Cheerleading Championship Plaque Photographed from left to right: Angelina Serna ’22, Emily Trujillo ’22, Evelyn Guttierrez ’22, Zulema De Luna ’22 Photographed bottom left to right: Yaxeny Erazo ’22 and Angeleen Ukleja ’22

On Saturday Feb. 5, 2022, at Mansueto High School, Pritzker College Prep once again won the Noble League Cheer Championship. This win marked the 7th Noble Championship win for the Pritzker Co-Ed Cheer team going back to the 2013-2014 season.

Senior Cheer Captain and returner Emily Trujillo was well aware of the pressure that came with competing in the Noble championship. “The Pritzker Cheerleading team has set a standard for all cheerleading teams across the Noble League. We went into the competition hoping for a perfect routine and came out with a championship.”

Each season brings its unique challenges and higher expectations. Senior Cheer athlete and returner Evelyn Gutierrez described how the “cheer season has had many ups and downs, but we have been able to create amazing memories with the time we’ve had.” Trujillo also went on to say she believes the season “has been one of the hardest due to COVID. There were many points in the season when I felt like the team was not going anywhere because so many people missed, or we had problems with not everyone being at practice. Cheerleading is a team sport and we need everyone putting 100% effort into it for it to work. There are 7 returners and 6 of them are seniors which means everyone needs to get serious about competing.”

Emotions were running high for both Trujillo and Gutierrez. “Even before we arrived at Mansueto High School, the adrenaline was hitting. I kept repeating how nervous and excited I was because I couldn’t believe that it was going to be my last Noble League Competition,” said Gutierrez. Trujillo shared the sentiment when Pritzker was announced for 1st place. She felt a sense of happiness and joy “being recognized for all the hard work we put into our season.”

One crucial key in Pritzker having so much success is coach and teacher at Pritzker College Prep, Kaedi Young. Trujillo expressed that, Young is their biggest supporter on and off the mat “Whether it is asking us if we are okay when we look down or pushing us to get a stunt we can’t seem to hit […] being at practices 5 times a week and being at competitions all day Saturdays is not always achievable while making time to be a teacher, which is why we appreciate her so much.”

Gutierrez agreed and also expressed the same sentiment towards Young, “Coaching a team of 20+ cheerleaders can be challenging, but Coach Young has been able to manage the way the Pritzker cheer team bonds with each other. She is always there to help out when we are in need outside and inside of cheer […] Overall, coaching is a big component in creating a strong and winning team. It only takes a lot of perseverance and dedication to achieve amazing results!”

This season will mark the end for the seniors on the cheer team. Trujillo was sad because “being a senior […] I realized it was the last time we would be competing for a Noble League champ title.” Although this might be the last Noble League Championship that the seniors competed at, they have the amazing opportunity to leave Pritzker with another 1st place plaque under their name because of all the dedication they put in on the mat.

You can next expect the cheer team to compete at the CPS Competitive Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Whitney Young Magnet High School, 211 S Laflin St,, Chicago, IL 60607, USA.