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10 Questions with Jocelyn Leinbach, Malibu HS cheerleading
Jocelyn Leinbach, 14, is a sophomore member of the Malibu High School cheerleading team.
What was it that first got you interested in cheer?
Growing up, my favorite activities were singing and dancing. I really wanted to do a sport that incorporated both. In cheer, you need a loud and confident voice, sharp motions and a positive attitude. When I discovered that, I knew cheer was for me.
How do you and your teammates help each other?
We are constantly cheering on one another and critique when needed.
What do you like about going to school in Malibu?
I like that the school has amazing teachers who care for their school and faculty.
What are your hobbies outside of cheer?
My hobbies consist of singing, song-writing and overall living life to the fullest.
Is there any one place you most want to travel to?
I would love to go to the Bahamas.
Do you prefer cheering at competitions or at high school games?
Competition and cheering at games are completely different. At the game we chant and cheer on the home team. Competitions, on the other hand, involve a whole routine of jumps, stunts, a pyramid and dance. So, I would say I prefer competitions.
What do you think are the most important qualities to have as a cheerleader?
Commitment, perseverance and optimism.
Is there any one moment from last season that stood out?
Sign painting was always fun.
Who were your role models growing up?
[American Olympic gold medal gymnast] Gabby Douglas. She is a strong and intelligent woman.
What are you most looking forward to next season?
I am looking forward to learning more skills and bonding as a team.
Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn.