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Senior TJ Stice decided to compete in The 2013 Cheerleading Worlds located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort instead of attending his senior prom.
Senior TJ Stice decided to compete in The 2013 Cheerleading Worlds located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort instead of attending his senior prom.

Senior TJ Stice decided to compete in The 2013 Cheerleading Worlds located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort instead of attending his senior prom.

By TJ Stice

Graphic Designer

Senior prom is the dance to top them all and one of the few events most seniors look forward to. It’s a way to kiss senior year goodbye and have one final celebration with the friends you have gained through high school. However, I have exchanged my tuxedo with a cheerleading uniform and my boutonniere for an anticipated World’s medal.

For the past seven years, I have devoted my life to the sport of cheerleading with the hopes that one day I would be able to attend The 2013 Cheerleading Worlds located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. Finally, my dream has come true. My cheer team and I have received a bid to compete three days in a row starting on April 27, the day of prom.

Deciding whether to be on the dance floor or the competition floor April 27 was tough, but I knew competing at World’s instead of attending my senior prom would be the best option for me.

This whole situation has been extremely bittersweet. I have spent the last four years of my life with the same people, in the same environment. I have gained friends who I will cherish and this would be my last opportunity to go to a dance with all of them. While all that sounds nice, cheerleading was, and currently is, my everything. The amount of blood sweat and tears I have put into my cheerleading career easily surpases any amount of commitement i have devoted to anything other aspect of my life.

Day and night: I live, breathe and think about cheerleading. Every award ceremony that follows a competition is filled with anxiety wondering if this would finally be our opportunity to compete at World’s. Now, everything I have worked for has finally paid off; the practices that seemed to never end, the blood, sweat and the tears. I have achieved my ultimate goal and passing it by seemed nearly impossible. I previously decided this would be my last cheering, so this made it even more tempting.

Part of the reason I chose World’s over prom was all the hassle that goes along with prom. I enjoy school dances, but prom has become more of an expense than an experience. The one night dance has left many high schoolers scrambling for money.

Once tickets, a dress, a tuxedo, hair, makeup, dinner, transportation and an after-party are all added into the total expenses, the night doesn’t seem quite worth it. I would rather go on a relaxing, cost-efficient date than go through all the stress for one night at prom. If I had currently been in a relationship things may have been different, but being single, there were no outside influences encouraging me to go.

If I didn’t have the opportunity to go to World’s, I’m unsure if I would end up going to prom. While prom is an experience that is significant for seniors, I think prom is so hyped up because its the last dance of the year, mostly seniors go and it is much more formal that everyone makes it out to be something so much more special than it really ends up being. I believe prom to be just like every other dance except there is nicer clothing and more expenses.

While Worlds can be a bit pricey, you get more “bang for your buck.” There is hotel, airfare and admissions to disney worlds included in the total cost. All these factors are understandably expensive.

All the extra expenses and pressure to ask your date in a creative and unique way has made prom seem more like a chore. As a senior class, the overall anxiety of prom could be minimized if the expensive clothing and unrealistic expectations. Prom should be like every other dance, except more formal and for the senior class only. There are only three other seniors on my team and they both will be attending their prom since it is at a different time. However, they both seconded my decisions to go to Worlds.

Overall, I believe prom has become a overpublicized high school dance. The atmosphere changes but overall the people and situation is the same as Homecoming or Turnabout. Having attended Homecoming, I feel I have experienced enough school dances. While the idea of missing prom is bittersweet, I feel that I have made the right decision to miss my senior prom in order to compete at World’s.

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by Bianca Smith
Opinions Editor

Opinions Editor and Senior Bianca Smith will be attending Columbia College of Chicago this coming fall.

I know exactly what to say by now. Rehearsed like memorized lines of a script, I reply eagerly with my plans for the year to come. No matter how embellished and exciting my future at Columbia College of Chicago may seem spewing out of my mouth, nothing is guaranteed.
The past four years were spent trying to figure out who I am and who I want to become when the miraculous transformation from high school student to college scholar occurs. The procedure to reach that point was organized: Be involved, meet new people, take risks but be aware of the repercussions, study hard and last but not least, be sure.

Be sure about where you want to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on an education, and be sure you know what you want to study. Be sure that that profession will be able to provide you will a substantial sum to live on. Be sure you know exactly who you are and what you need to succeed, right now.
The urgency is debilitating- self deprecating. I’ve always felt the need to be confident in who I was now which would project perfectly into who I will become.
But when it comes down to it, it is better not to be sure.

To expect ourselves to be molded into the ideal human being at the ripe age of eighteen is wishful thinking when our experiences have been so limited. Not to say my four years at DGS have been unfulfilling, but we have had no choice than to be sheltered from the harsh reality of life outside of these caring walls.
We are expected to be a master of all trades in order to pave the way into a prestigious institution, but then expected to retain that knowledge beneath only one major field of study.

It’s no wonder “undecided” is an option, but it is a mystery why it is so negatively connotated.

I’ve learned that I can trust the journey, not a transcript or the “reputation” of a college. I’ve learned to trust the unknown as ironic as it may seem- because if life could be planned out and as secure as we so desperately wish it to be, our motivation and drive for a better us would be slim.
So yes, next year I will be a freshman at a four year college, hopeful to pursue my dreams in the journalism field, but if I steer off that path and fall into opportunities that weren’t mapped out initially, I want to accept them with open arms and a determined mind.