The Pratt Community College cheer squad has signed its first cheerleaders for the 2017-18 season. Five girls have been signed to reinforce the cheer squad as bases and fliers.
Imani Owens is a senior from Wichita West. While at Wichita, she has participated in many events, as well as winning Miss Photogenic at the Black Arts Festival her senior year. Owens holds a 3.5 gpa. She is the daughter of Zetta and Abraham Mack.
"I look forward to working with Imani (Owens) next season," said PCC cheer Coach Jordyn Lott. "She has a big personality to bring to the team as well as adding strength as a base next year."
Alayzia Deshazer is a senior from Wichita West. She has been cheering for the last seven years and was named homecoming queen her senior year. She is the daughter of Trina and Ulysses Deshazer.
Coach Lott looks for Deshazer to develop as a flier for the Beavers.
"Alayzia (Deshazer) will bring a lot of experience to the cheer team," Coach Lott said. "She has been coming to open gyms to improve her skills as a flier. I look forward to having her on our team next year and watching her grow."
Brittany Ricks is a senior from Wichita West. She has been cheering and dancing for seven years. One of her biggest accomplishments was making varsity cheer and dance this year. Ricks holds a 3.4 gpa. She is the daughter of Mildred Hall and Howard Ricks.
"I am looking forward to watching Brittany (Ricks) grow on the cheer squad," Coach Lott said. "She brings a lot of knowledge in dance to add to our routines. She will be a big asset to our stunts, by flying next year."
Alena Whillock is a senior at Newton High School. She has been cheering and dancing for the last seven years and coached by Auber Burbrink. During her time at Newton, she has participated in many events such as softball for the last five years, FFA for two years, LERO Law Enforcement Related Occupation for four years, band four years, and Azeteca Dance Troupe for four years. Her Azeteca Dance troupe was selected over this spring break to perform on a European cruise. She is the daughter of Elisabeth Whillock.
With losing four sophomore bases, Alena (Whillock) will be an asset to our bases on the court as well as, in the classroom," Coach Lott said. "She is very outgoing and encouraging to her teammates. I look forward to having her on the team next year."
Makenna Finley is from Lamar, Colorado and attends McClave High School. She is the daughter of Brent and Sheilah Wertz. While at McClave High School, she participated in FFA, volleyball, and cheer. Some of her achievements in FFA were: Veterinary Science CDE 1st place at districts/Silver at state and was over all 2nd at districts. She has been on honor roll the last three years. What she looks forward to at PCC is experiencing game day and competing in our league. It has been her dream to cheer in college since she was a little girl.
"Makenna will bring a positive attitude and lots of cheer experience to the program," Coach Lott said. "She attended numerous games this past season, and she has an enthusiasm for PCC and cheer. She will be a huge asset to our game day cheers and stunts as a base."