Allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to tryout for the cheer squad at McCallum

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Allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to tryout for the cheer squad at McCallum

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Alexa Stinnette started this petition to Principal Garrison and

The class of 2023 is requesting that McCallum change their policy and allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to tryout for the cheer team.  Incoming freshmen are allowed to tryout for every other sport and Fine Arts Major at McCallum, cheer being the only exception. 

Austin High and Anderson are two AISD schools with similar policies in place for the 2018-2019 school year. Recently both schools have changed their policies and will now allow incoming freshmen to tryout for the 2019-2020 school year, leaving McCallum and Lanier as the only two AISD high schools to maintain their current policy.

Reasons we believe the policy should be changed:

  • Freshmen are allowed to tryout and participate in every other sports team at McCallum High except cheer.
  • Every other sport allows freshmen to compete, but incoming freshman who specifically identify as cheerleaders are left out.
  • Having freshmen on the cheer team will include the freshmen class and encourage school spirit.
  • Freshmen can be just as skilled at cheerleading as cheerleaders in other grades.
  • The team is working on increasing their skill level. Allowing qualified freshmen on the team will make it so by the time they are seniors they will be more experienced and therefore a higher skill level.  
  • "McCallum's inclusive culture provides equal access for all students on campus to explore a wide variety of challenging academic pathways, specialized fine arts courses, competitive sports teams and clubs for diverse interests." (source: https://www.austinisd.org/schools/mccallum - The school culture is to provide equal access for all students. This policy does not align with the culture as it discriminates solely against freshman cheerleaders.

Tryouts are coming up soon. Please help us show that the community is in support of our request to allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to tryout for the cheer squad at McCallum High School.

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