Poms sought out revenge at Blair on Feb. 2 to try to bring home the county championship for their last competition of the year after coming in second place at last year’s competition.
The team had a disappointing performance, not even placing in the top three. They were expecting a much better outcome after placing second at divisionals this year. The team was in shock finding out they hadn’t placed after what they thought was a stellar performance. “I think we should have made it into the top three and it is sad to end the season this way,” sophomore Brooke Simon said.
Poms perform at all football games and most basketball games at halftime. They also compete in multiple competitions throughout the year. The team is led by senior captain Taylor Weitz and junior captain Caroline Gastwirth. “It’s disappointing I couldn’t end my poms career with a win but I still had a great time these past four years and made many new friends,” Weitz said.
The team is made up of 19 girls ranging in age from freshmen to seniors. All 19 members on poms have created a close bond with each other. “I’m very happy I joined poms because I have made many friends and memories just this past year, and have three more years ahead of me,” freshman Ella Teichberg said.
All dances are choreographed by captains Weitz and Gastwirth. Routines are around six minutes long depending on the dances and are detailed and challenging. It takes the team tons of practice to try to get the routine down. “[Weitz] and I make these dances very challenging so that the judges will give us more points for the difficulty of our routine,” Gastwirth said.
The seniors this year on poms are Weitz, Grace Darby, Allison Moon, Sofia Weinstein and Gaby Vinick and all have fond memories. “I have had countless amounts of memories over these past four years and made lifelong friends that I will always keep in touch with,” Weitz said.
Traditions are a big deal on the poms team. Before every performance, they all meet at a teammate’s house and to relax, and then get ready together. “These traditions have been passed down through the years, and I think that it has made everyone become closer with each other,” Simon said.
Poms takes pride in their school spirit. Throughout the whole week before one of their competitions they all participate in dressing up in different costumes based on what type of spirit day it is. It is mandatory that all members of the team dress up and go above and beyond for spirit days to show their pride in school.