Glen Este Alumni Taylor Sturgeon, Most Valuable Cheerleader

September 18, 2011

1109 Glen Este Dance Team Taylor

Photo by Dan Ledbetter

Former Squad: Glen Este High School, Class of 2011
College: University of Cincinnati
Desired Major: Spanish
Jobs: Restaurant hostess at Cheeseburger in Paradise
Family: Sister Caitlin, Brother Noah

The Pink Ribbon Cheer & Dance Championships, October 23, 2011, Fairfield Arena, Fairfield OH. Get your PINK on and wear it to the event! Awards for the PINKEST team and the team raising the most money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!!

1109 Glen Este Cheerleader Taylor

Photo by Robert Glutz Photography

Story by Emily Mayers. Photos by Robert Glutz Photography and Dan Ledbetter.

Taylor Sturgeon just started her college career at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Spanish and working hard at her part-time job when she’s not studying. But her hard work and experience in high school as a Glen Este cheerleader and dancer has stuck with her and helped her get ahead. Sturgeon was one of an outstanding group of Glen Este High School Seniors in 2011. (In their Meet the Squad feature last year, it was truly impressive how supportive they were of each other and how close they were are a group). Sturgeon was nominated because of her hard work and the support she has shown for her fellow athletes.
As a high school senior, Taylor’s schedule was not only filled with the commitments of cheerleading training and dance rehearsal, but also working as a hostess and taking 12 credit hours at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, Sturgeon has been taking post-secondary classes at UC’s Clermont campus for the past two years. Sturgeon was also a member of National Honor Society and Spirit Club.

When it comes to graduation, she takes comfort in the fact that, due to this experience, the transition from high school to college won’t be difficult. Taylor said, “With all the practice I had in time management, I think I can handle what comes with college!”

While Sturgeon cheered and danced for Glen Este, her heart remained with cheerleading.

Photo by Robert Glutz Photography

Photo by Robert Glutz Photography

“I absolutely love cheering for games… it’s the crowd interaction, you really feel like you are a part of something,” Taylor said, after I asked her what she loves most about the sport. Don’t get her wrong she has grown to love stunting, and she has always had a passion for tumbling. Taylor continued, “I sort of fell into cheerleading, I never thought it would be part of my life like it is.” Taylor, although very happy with her cheer lifestyle, had a difficult decision starting out. She began gymnastics at a very young age and fell in love with the sport. However, due to a number of reasons could not continue competing. Taylor admitted, “I think I cried for days when I had to quit gymnastics, I just loved it so much.” Taylor got into cheerleading as substitute for gymnastics. What a substitute it was! Taylor is now a true believer of the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Taylor’s passion for the sport of cheerleading and her intense work ethic are two values that Cheer Cincy likes to see in our MVCs!

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