OFHS Cheer Team Member is a World Champ!

OFHS Cheer Team Member is a World Champ!
 OAK FOREST, IL — Oak Forest High School student Carter Boger won the world championship last weekend in the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships as a part of the USA Junior Co-ed Cheerleading Team! He was chosen to represent the National USA Junior Co-ed Cheerleading Team in the cheerleading world championships this September.

       Carter Boger, a senior at Oak Forest High School, found out he made the team about two years ago, just before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the competition. When the next Worlds season rolled around, Boger said it "was like a second redemption."

       "It was almost like I made the team all over again," Boger said. "That was really exciting too, because we were all anticipating whether or not we were going to compete again. And if we were going to have the opportunity to compete with the same people on the team. Most people did stay in, so it really was like a second trial. I kind of had the same feeling, but this time it was more real."

       The Cheerleading Worlds Competition is an annual international championship event for competitive cheerleading held in the United States. This event is hosted by the U.S. All Star Federation, in partnership with the International All Star Federation, a global organization of cheerleading professionals and athletes and the governing body for all-star cheer and dance competitions around the world.

       To receive a bid to compete in the Worlds competition, teams from more than 40 countries compete each year in the three-day event, which consists of preliminary competitions, semi-finals and finals, according to wikipedia.

       The Worlds Competition was held virtually this year and the teams were judged by sending in the videos of their routine.

       "Cheer is the number one thing in my life, second to school. Ever since my Freshman year, my life has been school, cheer, school, cheer ... cheer is pretty much all I knew, and now know."

Boger, who graduates from Oak Forest High School in May, hopes to continue his cheer career in college.

       "Right now I'm looking for a college veterinarian program, and then obviously the cheer program," Boger said. "I don't want to do sideline cheer, I want to do competitive cheerleading, so finding a school that has that is important to me." If you would like to see the one of the videos of Team USA's Junior Co-ed World Championship routine, see this link: https://bit.ly/Cheerchamp.

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y Yasmeen Sheikah, Oak Forest Patch Staff

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