Marietta Indians – Cheer Spotlight Presented by Excel Therapy

By Derrick Smith

Cheerleaders are best known for rooting on their teams at games and different events. But Marietta cheer coach Tonya Bucher says that her team wants to spread school spirit on more than just game days.

“My team is really focused on building school spirit and student involvement,” she said. “They work very hard coming up with signs, student section theme days for game days, and pep rallies as well as making sure they are seen in the halls and in the classroom as someone with a lot of pride in our school. They are a group of really hard-working girls that are willing to do whatever I ask of them or anything they think will help bring that spirit to the student community.”

Captain River Pierce says showing school pride and cheering the teams to victory are some of her favorite things. 

“I enjoy getting to cheer on Marietta athletics and getting the opportunity to be more involved with my school. I also enjoy getting to lead my school in being more involved, having school spirit, and supporting other sports.”

Cheer team member, Amelia Lawson, knows that cheering helps her to use her abilities to promote school pride. 

“I love to get people involved and spirited, and cheer allows me to exercise my skills in those things. I have cheered every year for high school and I always enjoy it.”

This summer, the team attended the National Cheerleaders Association cheer camp at the University of Oklahoma. They had several All-American nominees and mascot Karley Riley earned the All-American award and Top Mascot award. 

This team has become close and feels like family for senior Makinley VanBeber. 

“The bond between our team is great,” she said. “We are all very good friends and love being together and working towards a common goal. My team is like a family to me and I love each and every one of them as if they were my sisters.”