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Q&A with Tonkawa’s Torrie Simmons – Presented By Tom Henley – Shelter Insurance

VYPE: Who is your favorite teacher from any grade and why?

Torrie: I would have to say my second grade teacher, Mrs. Anderson. She made such a positive impact on me during that year. She taught me how to believe in myself and always try my hardest.

VYPE: What teammate has left the biggest impression on you and why?

Torrie: Almost all the teammates on the cheer squad have left an impact on my life, but the teammate that left the biggest impression was Heidi Hembree. She was a captain with me and helped lead the team to state in our first year of the Game Day competition.

VYPE: Which professional athlete do you look up to and why?

Torrie: There is no one particular athlete, but the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders have always been a team that has really caught my eye. Their hard work and dedication have always inspired me to be a cheerleader.

VYPE: Why are you passionate about your sport?

Torrie: We stepped up to a competitive level this year, making me realize that I had a passion for cheer. When I looked forward to going to all of the 5:30 a.m. practices, I knew I was passionate about this sport.

VYPE: What has your sport taught you that you use in your daily life?

Torrie: How to be a good role model for others. The underclassmen always look up to the older grades.

VYPE: What is your favorite part about being on a team?

Torrie: Building bonds that made us all closer as a team and a family.

VYPE: What is your favorite part about representing your high school as an athlete?

Torrie: Showing my school spirit and pride.

VYPE: What is your all-time favorite meal?

Torrie: My all-time favorite meal is a chicken fajita quesadilla with queso on top from El Patio.

VYPE: Here is your chance to give a shoutout or say thank you to anyone you wish.

Torrie: I would like to say thank you to my cheer coach, Ms. Staton, for coaching me through all my mid-high and high school years and pushing me to be better. I would also like to say thank you to coach Karri Morrill and Caleb Sherron for helping this past year to make the team and myself better.

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