Mikayla Swanson | mswans30@uwsuper.edu

Cheerleaders throughout the years have been the pinnacle for many young adults in high school and college.

In recent times, cheerleading has started to fade away, especially at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Abigail Bourque is here to change things around.

Bourque is the UWS’s head cheer coach, while also managing her time to study for her
history education major.

“It’s been hard to get the club back together because there are people who don’t know what the cheer club is like due to COVID and not seeing the group in action at games,” Bourque said.

Bourque said that this year the group has had a great turnout so far, having around 20 girls showing up for each practice.

“The group has really caught on fast to the cheers, which is exciting. The stunts have been lacking, but stunting can be quite hard both physically and mentally. We just need to build that trust in each other.”

“I decided to join because my friend said, ‘Hey I’m going to join the cheer club, you should come to a meeting with me.’ So I went to the meeting, fell in love, and decided I wanted to do it,” freshman and new member Elizabeth Prudlow said.

Although it is still early in the season, Prudlow already has her favorite parts of cheer.
“My favorite part of cheer is, well, all of it. I love going to the games, cheering for our school and teams, the people in cheer are all so positive. It’s all around fantastic,” said Prudlow.

Both Bourque and Prudlow have some hopes and goals for the season. Prudlow said, “One of the biggest things I am looking forward to this season is cheering with all of my friends and getting to watch the games.”

“My biggest goal for this season is for the club to be recognized by the community,” Bourque said. That being to be respected and show that we represent UWS. That way when people see us they think of UWS and how good the college is all around.”

If you have any questions, you can email Bourque at abourque@uwsuper.edu, or you can simply show up to a practice.

Practices are held Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at the Marcovich Wellness Center in the dance studio from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.