Scholar Athlete: Columbus cheerleader, Christin Walls
Being a cheerleader isn’t easy. Just ask Columbus High’s Christin Walls.
"People don’t realize how much goes in to preparing for a routine," Walls said. "We do workouts 5 days a week during the summer just to get ready to even be able to throw this."
It’s a physical sport that requires a lot of time, strength and determination. It may not look like a difficult sport from the outside, but Walls insists there’s more to it than meets the eye.
"You have to be really dedicated and try really hard," she said. "You can’t just give 50%, that’s not gonna cut it. There’s someone that could be giving 100% and they’re gonna take your spot.
Walls has been an important part of the competitive cheer team as they look to win a state championship. She’s a base and tumbler who’s come out of her shell since she joined the team.
"I feel a lot more comfortable in situations," Walls said. "Being around all these different people and going out in front of judges and doing all these crazy faces and stuff, it helps you be comfortable around people you don’t know."
But she does more than make faces, stunt and flip. She’s a quality student in the classroom. She has a 4.5 GPA, will have seven AP classes after her junior year, and is actively involved in more than five school clubs. It can be a busy lifestyle, but walls doesn’t regret being a student-athlete one bit.
"I’m happy I’m on this team because if not, I don’t know what I would do," she said. "This has been such a big part of my life for so long now. I don’t know what I would do without cheer."
Walls and the Blue Devils will be competing at the GHSA State sectionals this weekend.