September Plateau Living
Looking ahead toward the end of the competition season, Diana hopes to carry her team to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. “I really want to make it into finals at Nationals and win State again, that’d be awesome.” As one of the most decorated sports at Skyline, the team is used to taking home trophies. Diana wants to bring her passion for cheerleading with her into college and beyond. “I plan on doing cheer in college; it will always be a part of my life. I think I’ll be coaching it when I’m older.” Malia Nakamura is a high school senior with a passion for photography, swimming, DECA, and Swedish fish. Athletics have played a huge role in her life and remaining active is important to her. Malia hopes to pursue writing in college.
EASTLAKE’S CAITLIN BOWERS: Putting The ‘Leader’ In Cheerleader By Morgan Karbowski
As they are seen flipping around on the field and chanting from their stadium boxes, many people think cheerleaders play “the easy sport” and that “anyone can do it.” However, Eastlake senior Caitlin Bowers shows us that there is an incredible amount of love, compassion and dedication amongst the 17 members that make up the Eastlake Cheer Team. “I joined Eastlake Cheer my freshman year of high school. It’s surreal to think that I am going into my fourth and final year of this program,” said Caitlin. With three years already under her belt, Caitlin moves into her senior year with a healthy appreciation of what cheer has given her thus far.
“I [have] learned that it’s important to have a relentless mindset when learning new stunts and skills — there is always something you can do better and it’s imperative that you always give it your all,” said Caitlin. Recently, Caitlin has taken on the role of showing her immense dedication in an unparalleled way. “Right now we do not have a coach, so I (along with Jane Adams and Heather Menninger — also Eastlake seniors) have learned how to lead a team as we have scheduled team bonding [activities] and taken responsibility for teaching the new members cheers,” said Caitlin.
my freshman year, and ever since have carried on the tradition. The student-section participates in the wobble as well, and sometimes the football team will run over and join in,” said Caitlin. As she begins her senior year, Caitlin has left some advice for the new members of the cheerleading world. “Make sure to always focus on positive energy with high school cheer. To excite the crowd, it’s necessary to have a smile on your face and loud voice at all times! Optimism is very important as it is your job to lift your team and fan’s spirit!”
Let us guide you home As a local Sammamish resident, I understand community lending. Call me to discuss your home financing needs. Jenny Boyce NMLS-175898 425-605-3141
Caitlin, your optimism and happiness are admirable; and we love watching you lead the Eastlake Cheer Team!
Morgan Karbowski, a proud Eastlake alum, is a Sammamish native and Oregon Duck. She is currently studying Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon.
www.jennyboyce.com | 425-605-3141
and I still talk to girls who have graduated. It’s fun to have that connection. I just think about how lucky I am because I have a whole team of friends. It’s like a little sorority!”
Caliber Home Loans, Inc., 3701 Regent Boulevard, Irving, TX 75063 (NMLS #15622). 1-800-401-6587. Copyright©2014. All Rights Reserved. This is not an offer to enter into an agreement. Not all customers will qualify. Information, rates, and programs are subject to change without prior notice. All products are subject to credit and property approval. Not all products are available in all states or for all dollar amounts. Other restrictions and limitations apply. Washington Consumer Loan Company License No. CL-15622.
Caitlin is an imperative leader of the squad and Eastlake Cheer could not have picked a better person to help out. She comes with a huge heart and much love for her community. “I value the relationships I have formed with my teammates with this sport — some of my teammates are my closest friends! I also like that it ties me to our community. Eastlake Cheer has allowed me to support my school and [the] city that I take great pride in, and form several long-lasting relationships along the way,” Along with her team, Caitlin has cheered at the Rock-n-Roll Marathon held annually in Seattle, as well as the Sammamish 5k. She has volunteered at local food drives and the Issaquah Triathlon, performed at a nursing home and hosted a chili-cook off to honor local firefighters. Caitlin plans to carry on this tradition of serving the local community as she takes on the role of coaching with her fellow seniors.
AS TROSSACHS EXPERTS WE HAVE SOLD MORE THAN 20 HOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! The Saint-Moawad Team are strong negotiators creating excellent buying and selling experiences for their clients. Sellers receive top dollar for their properties through the creative marketing solutions provided. Simona lives in the neighborhood and is invested in supporting her community by volunteering at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, Eastridge Christian Church and the Issaquah Food Bank.
But when asked about her favorite moment as a cheerleader, she mentioned their ritual when the mighty Wolves win the game. “My favorite moment of Eastlake Cheer would be “wobbling” after winning home football games. We learned how to wobble
Simona Saint 206-250-1100 www.simonasaint.johnlscott.com
The Saint-Moawad Team Serving the Eastside since 1995
Bob Moawad 425-557-1539 www.bmoawad.johnlscott.com
We create and celebrate community across the Sammamish Plateau!