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Andrea O'Brochta

Andrea O’Brochta

“Behind all the hairspray and mascara is truly an athlete!”

Andrea O’Brochta is only in her first year as a cheerleader, but the Coupeville High School senior already has a strong appreciation for the work involved in her new pastime.

“I think many people fall into the cheer stereotypes that they see in the movies,” O’Brochta said. “We practice endless hours, and have given up a majority of our summer to learn the skills needed to properly perform stunts without harming one another.

“And dancing isn’t always fun and games,” she added. “There’s a lot of technique that goes into each dance routine. Which really works up a sweat!”

A veteran dancer who started at the tender age of three, O’Brochta was talked into joining cheer by friends (and now teammates) Jovanah Foote, Maddy Neitzel and Jazmine Franklin.

As a new member of the Wolf squad, she got her first chance to attend cheer camp this summer, where she and her teammates worked with professionals and competed alongside cheer teams from across the state.

“I joined because I love to dance,” O’Brochta said. “I love learning new choreography and getting to bond with my cheer family.

“Also, I figured I’d try something new for my senior year. I wanted to get to know more people and make new friends.”

Those friends are a huge part of her life (“I enjoy the company of my friends and family”) and, when she’s not spending time with them, O’Brochta can be found pursuing a number of other passions.

“My main interests are dance, music and photography — even though I’m not very good at it,” she said. “It’s hard to pinpoint every favorite movie because that would be a very long list; I love any movie genre except the horror genre.”

Though, sometimes, doing nothing much at all is the best choice.

“I like to spend my time with my mom or napping from a long exhausting practice,” O’Brochta said.

“My mom is involved greatly of shaping who I am; she’s always been encouraging me to do new things and reach goals that I have set.”

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