From French Class to the Cheer Squad

There was a time when all teachers were students. The teachers walked through school hallways toting a large stack of textbooks and binders. While they were students, many of them participated in sports. World Language teacher Mme. Sylvestre was no different. In fact, she was a member of her school’s cheer squad. Now, Sylvestre says that she will be getting back into the sport by taking on a coaching position for the team.

“In a way, I wanted to relive my youth,” she said. “Cheerleading always gave me such a good workout. I really would like to get back into the sport, even if it is only a coaching position.”

During the years of her teaching career, she has seen her fair share of Ledyard cheerleaders pass through her classroom. There is one thing that stood out to Sylvestre that she would like to change- the uniforms.

“The girls wear such short skirts. I would like to have them wear dress uniforms instead. Dress uniforms would allow them to wear their uniforms to school while being dressed more appropriately for their academic classes,” Sylvestre said.

Sylvestre, who teaches french, mentioned wanting to “combine my two roles at the school” by having the cheerleaders perform a cheer in French. This would also help to bring more cultural aspects to the sport. This is not the only change Sylvestre, in fact, she has an entire list.

“I would like to make a requirement that all the cheerleaders have three years of gymnastic training. Also, to improve their posture I am asking they learn how to walk with a book on their head,” Sylvestre said. “Regular manicures and shaved legs are also a must, for both male and female cheerleaders.”

Overall, Sylvestre is more than ready for her coaching position. She even has some new rules for conduct. She asks that no inappropriate language be used at the practices or games. Any violations of this rule will result in a two-game suspension. Also, at practices and games all phones are to be placed in a phone holder. Some of the new rules and requirements might seem harsh, but Sylvestre is convinced they will guide the Ledyard High School cheerleaders to success.

Savannah Houdeshell, staff writer

Freshman Savannah Houdeshell is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She participates in Operation Smile and is on the soccer team.

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