By Derrick Smith
There are times throughout an athletes career that they are given an opportunity to do something that not a lot of people get. Yale’s Jenna Foutch had one of those moments come up this summer and she and some teammates took advantage of it.
“In July, I was given the opportunity to try out for All American cheerleading,” she stated. “I, as well as five other girls from Yale, made the cut. We have the opportunity to go to Hawaii and preform in the Pearl Harbor parade in December.”
Foutch is in her senior year at Yale High School, where she is a member of the volleyball and cheer teams. She also serves as a manger for the baseball team. Away from sports, she is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.
Jenna works hard to be successful at whatever she does and that includes her sports. She says that while being her best takes a lot of time and effort, she keeps herself focused on continually improving.
“It has taken a lot of patience to get to this point,” she stated. “Athletics can feel monotonous and tiring. There are times where you feel as if you’re not improving, but if you stay patient and overcome that, it’s such a rewarding feeling. My motivation is the desire to be better every day. I know that there’s always room for improvement.”
Jessica Crowe is the head cheer coach at Yale. She enjoys being Foutch’s coach and watching her be a standout teammate.
“Jenna has the heart for cheer,” she said. “She is loud and proud all of the time. She is always encouraging her teammates to work harder and be better.”
There have been numerous people that have had an influence on Jenna’s life but she says that one person in particular made the biggest impact.
“One of my biggest role models is my grandmother,” Foutch said. “She has built the life for herself that I dream of. She was a successful educator and teacher, as I would like to be. She has supported me not only academically but athletically as well.”