Hannah Laster has accomplished a lot in the four years that she has been a varsity cheerleader at Broken Bow High School. As a sophomore her academic excellence helped the team earn the Class 5A Academic state championship. The last two years the team has gone to Game Day competition and qualified for state both years and she was nominated for the all-regional cheer team. When Hannah got to middle school, she found a way to put her skills as a tumbler, which she had been doing since she was four-year old, to good use by joining the cheer team.
“I started doing some basic cheering at games in middle school but when I combined that with my tumbling is when I really fell in love with cheer,” said Hannah who is also in student council, National Honor Society, and Key Club. “I did track, cross country and softball through my freshman year but decided to devote all my time to cheer because I want to do that when I go to college.”
In addition to working on routines, Hannah is also captain of the cheer squad this year and a leader for the team.
“I like to show freshmen that’s it’s not a big deal if you mess up and I encourage them and not come across as being bossy. I think a good leader is someone who’s motivational, good in the classroom, and a good all-around person that people can look up to.”
Her coach Marissa Walls had high praise for the senior.
“She’s a great tumbler and flyer. She’s really good at helping our freshmen and encouraging them when they get frustrated.”
As her senior year winds down, Hannah has a distinct goal in mind as she prepares for college at Tulsa University.
“This year I want to improve my full twisting layout. It’s a skill that you really need to have to be a college cheerleader so I’m taking gymnastics lessons in Texarkana to hone that skill.”
While in college, Hannah plans to follow in the footsteps of several of her cousins and study speech pathology. In her spare time, Hannah is busy with a part-time job plus all of her school activities but does like to spend time being a good role model for her little sister. When she leaves Broken Bow Laster says she would like to be remembered as the cheerleader that was a good role and kind to others.