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Scecina cheerleaders go live on local television

Melanie Capshaw (front row, third from left) and her fellow Scecina cheerleaders have appeared on two local live television sports shows during the 2016 football season.

By Cari Gallagher '93,
Athletic Assistant and Cheer Coach 

Early in the school year I was approached by Petar Hood from WISH-TV (Channel 8) about featuring Scecina’s cheerleaders on “The Zone,”a program that airs every Friday morning during football season. “The Zone” brings Central Indiana extensive of the games in the area. As part of this coverage, WISH-TV features cheerleaders from different schools each week. 

I was honored by the invitation and accepted immediately. I couldn’t wait to tell the team that they were going to be on television! 

We began making preparations for our television appearance by choosing the chants we would perform, making sure our uniforms were cleaned and pressed, and even ordering new sparkly gold pom-poms. 

While all of the girls were excited for this opportunity, sophomore Melanie Capshaw was particularly enthusiastic. “I’ve never been to a news station before,” she said, “I’m excited to see how it all works.” Melanie is in her second year of cheering for the Crusaders and is a first-time member of the varsity squad. 

Early on a Friday morning, we gathered in the Scecina parking lot to travel downtown to the news station. Even though it wasn’t even 5:00 a.m., the team was full of energy. They chattered excitedly during the 15-minute drive to WISH-TV. Once we arrived at the news station, we were escorted into a waiting area. Melanie and the rest of the squad reviewed their routines and received last-minute instructions from myself and the other coaches. 

Not long after our arrival, Petar led the squad into the studio to begin filming. The cheer squad was placed on a platform where they performed many of their favorite cheers, as well as the Scecina fight song. 

“The studio was bigger than I expected,” Melanie said. “I didn’t expect there to be so many different sections. They had the anchors at the desk, a platform for us, an area for the weather map, and another space for the band from Westfield. There were cameras in each area. It was very interesting!” 

At the end of the broadcast, I loaded the team back on the bus to return to Scecina. They watched videos of themselves on wishtv.com and texted their friends and families about the experience. 

“It was so cool to be on television, I’m so glad we had the opportunity,” Melanie said. 

Melanie and the other cheerleaders also were part of WTHR-TV’s (Channel 13) Operation Football that was broadcast live from Scecina this year. These are some of many opportunities Melanie has taken advantage of at Scecina. She also has participated in Down Syndrome Indiana’s Buddy Walk through Scecina's Key Club, and she has worked with Gleaners Food Bank to pack lunches for families in need. 

“These opportunities have allowed me to serve my community, and grow closer to God,” Melanie said. “And I’m having a lot of fun too.” 

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