By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Ceira Roland is more than just your average 17-year old. She is the proud daughter of Shane and Lisa Roland. She is a senior at Aucilla Christian Academy and currently has a GPA of 3.87. After high school, Ciera plans to attend North Florida Community College for two years and later got to Florida State University to become a Pediatric Nurse.
However, until that time comes, Ciera is filling her schedule with one thing, cheerleading. She is currently a cheerleader for Aucilla as well as for the Taylor Elite Super Stars, a competition cheerleading team out of Perry. Ceira has cheered for Aucilla for two years, and Taylor Elite for one year. Taylor Elite Super Stars practice two days a week during off weeks. On the weeks of competitions they practice up to four days a week.
Ceira has been in three competitions with the Taylor Elite Super Stars so far. They placed first in both the Diamond National Championship in Albany, Ga., and the Nature Coast Classic Regionals. The group also took second in the COA Sunshine Nationals in Orlando. They also plan to attend the Sun Jam in Jacksonville and Reach the Beach Nationals in Daytona this season.
“My favorite part of cheerleading is the rush of adrenaline when my team performs. I love how all of our hard work pays off. We practice so much to get everything perfect. So, when competition comes, we are ready to do our best. I also like to learn new things. I have been able to accomplish different types of stunts and tumbling that I haven’t ever done before,” explained Ceira.
When asked why she chose Taylor Elite, Ceira told this reporter, “What brought me to Taylor Elite was one of the teachers at Aucilla. She started Taylor Elite 10 years ago. She told me about how much fun it would be. She has been trying to get me to do it for about two years. Another reason that brought me to Taylor Elite was my friends. Some of my friends at Aucilla are or were on the team and they told me about how much fun it was. So I said, ‘Sure, count me in!’”
As for embarrassing falls or mess-ups Ciera said, “So far I haven’t had any, but I’m sure that there is one to come.”
When asked what advice she would give to people who want to get involved in cheerleading, she explained, “It’s a lot of hard work! You can’t go into it expecting it to be easy. Every day is a new challenge. I would tell them to stretch a lot, practice and always stay positive.”
Ceira Roland Cheers Her Way To The Top
By Kristin Finney