Most Valuable Cheerleader Katie Cummins

June 7, 2010

Age:18
Squad: Holy Cross Varsity (co-ed); Northern Kentucky University all-girl
Hometown: Covington and Latonia
Class Year: College Freshman
Position: Base
Major: Nursing (to be declared)
High School: Holy Cross High School
Job: Sam’s Club
Career Plans: Wants to be a labor and delivery nurse someday

Photos by All Pro Images
Styling by Shannon Tierney at Swayne on Main Salon in Covington

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Determined and Dependable

By Lindsay Kottmann

Katie Cummins, a sophomore at Holy Cross High school, sat watching at a pep rally. It wasn’t doing much to lift her spirits, though. In fact, it was making her feel worse.

She should be on the court, not in the stands, she thought.

Cummins had been a cheerleader since she was in the fifth grade at Holy Cross (a K-12 school in Latonia), and she’d been a gymnast since kindergarten. After all those years, including a few years cheering for the Fitstop Falcons, she had decided to take a break from the sport.

But watching her former squad perform, she realized how much she missed it.

She tried out again at the next opportunity, and, during her junior year, decided that she didn’t want to stop cheering after high school. Cummins, now a recently graduated senior, tried out for the squad at Northern Kentucky University, where she’ll enroll in the fall to pursue a nursing degree.

Her skills as a base and a great tumbler with a standing tuck and a full secured her a spot on the all-girl squad. She’s looking forward to starting her college career, but first she’s looking forward to a summer of graduation parties, hanging out with friends, and hitting the pool (her favorite summer activity). However, she’ll be missed at Holy Cross.

Her coach, Gayle Trame, described Cummins as “a great leader, but an even better follower,” meaning that she’s “coachable” and takes direction well.

“People look up to her because she works hard at practice,” Trame says.

Cummins admits she can get frustrated when stunts don’t hit, especially when — as we’ve all seen — they seem to hit just fine on one try and then falter on the next. Despite her laid back demeanor, her favorite part of cheerleading is the competition.

That’s what makes her a determined, dependable team member, Trame says, both at practice and when it’s time to compete.

See Katie’s Photo Shoot

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