The Coronado Pom Squad has been a tradition here since 1999. The girls perform choreographed dances for the student body each pep rally, and cheer at all football and basketball games. The squad could originally only consist of up to 15 members, however this year they took 16 members. Out of all 16 members however, there is only one senior. That senior is Sierra Cross, who has been a pom member for all four years of her high school career.
“I don’t know how I would’ve survived high school if I didn’t have pom” Cross says. “We are all like a family and some of my best friends are on the squad.” Cross has a sister, Aniston, on the squad, and her older sister Averi was a part of Pom as well. “Dance definitely runs in our family, and it is something I am very thankful that it is such a big part of my life” she says.
Cross started dance at a very young age and has since realized it is her passion. “I hope to continue my dance career through college” Cross says “it is my hope to eventually dance at a professional level some day”. Her sister Averi attends the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York city. “My sister is my biggest inspiration” She says, “without her, I wouldn’t have even thought about making a career out of dance.”
It takes an extreme amount of dedication to do what the Pom girls do. The squad goes to a local dance studio called Dance Warehouse every day for two hours to practice pep rally routines and dance technique. On top of that, they also have a 5 day intensive camp over the summer, and almost all take private dance lessons as well. “We definitely work extremely hard to be at the level we are at” Cross says “Dancing is way more challenging than it looks and it takes a lot of commitment to do what we do.”
As Sierra’s time on the squad starts to come to a close, she reminisces on the past. “I have made some of my best memories with my Pom friends, and it will be one of the hardest things for me to leave behind.” Cross says, “I hope that the next generations of girls on the squad continue to show pride in what they do and have as much fun as they can representing the school and a passion for dance”. “High school is over before you know it and everyone deserves to enjoy it as much as they can.”