Scholar Athlete: Katie Crenshaw
Before every competition, senior Katie Crenshaw relays one message to her team.
"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn. It tells us to just put on a show and put out what we have."
As captain of the Columbus competition cheer squad and the only senior on the floor, Katie has a lot of responsibility. But she’s taken this team by storm, proving herself everyday.
"She is the heart of this squad," said head coach Amanda Hefner. "She stands as a leader for all of our young girls and she guides them and she’s been a real inspiration."
Katie’s a girl who leaves it all on the mat, literally. She says she’s tired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has to constantly remind herself to keep going… Because despite what some people think, cheerleading isn’t as easy as it looks.
"It takes so much strength," Katie said. "A lot of people doubt us but it really does take a lot of work. People just don’t realize it until they see us at practice and they’re like, "oh, that actually does take a lot of work."
Katie is an example on the mat and in the classroom. She holds a 3.9 GPA, is part of the National Honor Society, the French Club, and the Beta Club, among others. Combined with practice every single day in the fall, and competing at competitions on the weekend, Katie finds herself with not a lot of time to spare.. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
"I mean it’s high school. It’s my senior year. It’s my last year here," she said. "I might as well make the best of it."
Because after high school, Katie will be just as busy. She’s planning on going to the University of Georgia and right now, has an interest in science and animals. Is cheerleading in her future too?
"Probably not," she laughed. "I think high school will be the last of it."