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Woodlands Senior Flips and Flies For Her Team

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jade Aponte, 17, floated in the air before landing safely in the arms of her fellow cheerleaders. A senior at Woodlands High School, Aponte has been a Falcons cheerleader for three years and said doing stunts is one of the best things about it.

“It’s like going on a rollercoaster,” she said Thursday afternoon at Woodlands, during the football game between the school and Lincoln Hall. “It’s kind of scary, but when you get up there, it’s a lot of fun."

Stunts aren't her only responsibility on the football sidelines. She waved green and white pompoms, her feet moving at the cadence of the drums, her ponytail swinging loose.

“Go, Falcons, go,” she shouted, smiling.

Her coach, Ashley Fisher, said Aponte is a motivating leader for the squad. That’s the reason why Aponte was chosen one of the captains, Fisher says.

“She has all the aspects of a cheerleader,” Fisher said. “She is very dedicated."

Aponte, who was born in the Bronx and has been living in Greenburgh and attending Woodlands since she was a seventh grader, said she plans to study art in college.

“I am not too bad at drawing,” she said. “So, why not?”

Aponte is not sure, however, whether she will keep cheerleading in college.

“If I get all the flips I have to do, maybe I will do it. Until then I don’t know,” she said.

Fisher said they have been practicing back handsprings, the most important of those flips.

“We’ve been trying,” Fisher says. “She is probably the only one close to getting it.”

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