Editorial

‘Trophy Culture’ Hijacks New Jersey High School Cheer Squad

Stephanie Hamill Video Columnist

The cheerleading scandal rocking a New Jersey high school will really make your blood boil.

That is if you’re against the “trophy culture” taking over America.

Apparently everyone attending Hanover Park High School can now join the cheer squad regardless of their talent or skill. This new rule has some parents and many cheerleaders fuming mad. Rightfully so.

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So one student that didn’t make the team ruined it for everyone else that did. How is that fair?

Competition is healthy, failure is healthy, that’s how we learn and grow. This effort to make everyone a winner is creating weaklings who won’t be prepared for the real world. America’s youth needs to learn that life isn’t fair.

If you want something you have to work for it, if you fail, try again and keep trying until you get what you want.

Some of you may be thinking that this is just a cheer squad, so who cares?

But these days, girls aren’t just throwing pom poms around and chanting for their teams. These young women are athletes, gymnasts and competitors.

There are college scholarships available for talented cheerleaders.

So it’s easy to understand why the girls that actually made the squad are furious.

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