PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Middle School cheerleading squad had a lot to cheer about in 1991. The squad gained national attention with its impressive 73-member roster.
The sizable squad was made possible thanks to the school’s no-cut policy. If a student wanted to be on the cheerleading team, they were on the cheerleading team.
“We have 73 kids who are generating school spirit now and that’s been a big difference for us,” said one school administrator. “The increase in self-esteem and the increase of kids being associated with a given program has been well received.”
The cheerleaders were also happy with the team.
“It gives everybody a chance that wants to be on it and it doesn’t make people feel self-conscious about themself because everybody’s trying,” said one cheerleader.
The 73 cheerleaders were rotated in teams of 12-16.
“We get a lot of strange looks at some of the games and stuff. But it’s pretty fun to do it.”