This week’s #MNPSMVP: Kayla Dick , Hillsboro High School
Cheerleading is part of Kayla Dick’s DNA. Each kick, each move and every form, she learned from her mother who was a National Football League Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
“It is pretty awesome that my mother was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,” Dick said. “I hope that I have made her proud by following in her cheerleading footsteps.”
Dick, now in her senior year, has participated in cheerleading since the age of four years old and even participated as a member of Tennessee State University’s Little Tigers cheer squad. She took what she learned and began cheering in middle school and now serves as captain for the Hillsboro High School Burros cheerleading team during football and basketball season. In this role, she ensures each member of the team is ready for the season conducting two- to three-hour practices and workouts. The team also attends Universal Cheer Association camps to enhance their techniques and competition performances.
“For me cheerleading is a year-round sport,’ Dick said. “Before we leave school for summer break we have cheerleading tryouts, then the cheer squad participates in cheer camps and competitions. We work hard to learn new routines and styles of cheering. It’s hard work.”
When Dick is not cheering for the Burros, she serves a bank teller at her high school’s US Community Credit Union. The credit union is part of the high school’s Academy of International Business & Communications at Hillsboro. Through this experience, Dick learns about finances and the day-to-day operations of banking. The training helped her land a job opportunity with one of Nashville’s local branches assisting customers and staff.
“In my short time as cheerleading coach, I could always count on Kayla,” said Keisha Caphart, coach for the Hillsboro High School cheerleaders. “She is punctual, a leader and respected by her peers. Kayla is willing to go the extra mile in everything that I ask of her. I appreciate her being an exemplary young lady.”