By: Alex Mikhailpoor
As emotions ran high, flags flew strong as the school’s pep flags made a final and lasting impression at Nationals late March in Anaheim. Tears were flowing when the team finished and was rewarded with its trophies.
The team earned second place for one flag routine, third place for two flag routine, and the overall sportsmanship award.
“Placing at finals was my goal the entire year,” captain Aneeka Atwal (’11) said. “However, winning the sportsmanship award meant the most to me as people not only observed our skills as a team, but also our personalities.”
The team accredited the strong family bond and the goal of placing as the main reason for being successful this year.
The team practiced “anywhere and anytime [it] could find a place with an outlet for [its] boom box,” Atwal said.
Atwal believes the team will be even better next year and has high hopes that “the team can be National Champions.”
The team still has its biggest show remaining, the Pep show occurring May 27 in the auditorium, where the seniors will perform for the last time.
“We’ve been training day in and day out all our high school lives for this,” member Stella Yi (’11) said.