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By Derrick Smith
 
There are a lot of positives to playing high-school sports. You get to play the sport that you love, you get to hang out with your teammates, and you are able to stay in shape. There are also some negative things that may come up, but Phoebe Buffington says that you have to deal with them and then put them in the past.
“Cheerleading, like most sports, can be like a roller coaster at times,” Buffington said. “The ups and downs along with the wins and losses. Injuries will happen, but you have to find faith that those too will pass and anything is possible. Committing to cheer is not about the trophy, but instead, it’s about your own personal goals and joys in small successes. You have to stick with it through the thick and thin. You can’t get in your head about your personal and team skills, and you can never give up.”
 
Phoebe is a senior at Edmond Memorial High School. She is mainly a main base for the cheer squad, but she can also be side base or back spot. She first cheered when she was six years old, but actually fell in love with the sport when she was around nine years old. 
There are some moments in her career that Phoebe will never forget, but she says that there is one that is definitely her favorite. “We were cheering for the varsity boys basketball team as they played in the quarterfinals of the State Tournament during my sophomore year,” she said. “The gymnasium was filled with the most amazing energy, and everyone was on the edge of their seats. We all cheered our hearts out for these boys.”

Buffington says that she is thankful for everyone that has been part of her life, but there is one person that has made a big impact. “Tammy Skinner is one fearless woman,” she said. “She had the guts to risk it all and take a chance on her dreams, opening one of the first All Star Cheer gyms in the country over 30 years ago.  She is amazingly smart and kind, but demands excellence in her athletics and pushes us to be our best in every part of our lives.”

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