It’s about that time of the year where we celebrate our cheerleaders, band, color guard and football seniors with senior night! On October 29, 2021, the whole school was welcomed to come to the gold out game to celebrate the seniors. It opened with a ceremony introducing this year’s seniors and their families. 

Afterward the game began and the turn out wasn’t exactly what you would expect for the final home game of the season. The student section was bare and only about a fourth of the students that are usually there were present. Much of the student section left even before halftime, especially once it started raining people bolted out. But the audience that was present were there to support the seniors, and continued chanting. 

Being a part of a big team like football and cheerleading teaches the team members a lot of useful skills they can use in the future. 

“I definitely learned the value of teamwork while being on the team. We push and encourage each other to be the best we possibly can,” said Peyton Webster, a member of the Steinbrenner cheer team. 

This is clearly shown at the game when the cheerleaders use teamwork to do tricks and cheer on the football players, also whenever a touchdown is scored how the players hype each other up and are cheered for by the audience and cheerleaders. 

But with the regular season coming to an end, the seniors will be heavily missed, and the reminiscing of memories will begin. 

“I’m going to miss the people and the time I got to spend with them every day. [The best memory is] scoring a touchdown on my senior night and everyone celebrating with me,” said Logan Hinsberg, a player on the Steinbrenner Varsity football team. 

Being a part of a huge team like this brings in the thought of whether they will continue the sport in the future, or if they’ll start something new in college. 

“I don’t plan on pursuing cheer in college just because I don’t think I’ll have time for it. As much as I love the sport, I’m ready to start over and find something new I love,” said Webster. 

Seeing these seniors grow in football and cheer and getting to see them participate in the games brings a lot to the school community that they might not even realize. Having more people at the game for this special night would’ve been even more amazing. But thankfully we won by a landslide which will leave the lasting impact on the seniors as one of the final games of the season. 

Olivia Montgomery //  Staff Writer 

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