Courtney McEnery, of Providence. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:13AM
Courtney McEnery, a senior competitive cheerleader, has been a part of several state and national championship teams with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School in Orland Hills and at Providence.
She started cheering at age 5 with the Tinley Park Bobcats.
Why do South Suburban teams do so well in the state meet?
Many of the nearby programs are very talented and competitive. They feed from extremely skilled junior highs, and all the cheerleaders in this area are very determined and hard working.
What’s the best line you have heard in a cheer?
Well, I love how our cheer ends, “It’s great to be green.” This is a reflection of how I truly feel about my teammates and school.
What do you tell people who say “cheerleading is not a sport, it’s an activity”?
Competitive cheerleading certainly is a sport. Just watch any Illinois high school competitive routine and you can see cheerleading is a highly competitive and very team-oriented sport that requires strong athletic and mental abilities
Finish this sentence: The most interesting person I have met is ...
Happy Hooper. He is a respected, industry-leading cheerleading coach and choreographer. I admire his talent and character because he is so passionate about cheerleading, yet he is a genuinely kind person who goes out of his way to help others. It has been a real privilege and so much fun to work with him the past seven years.
The person I would like to meet is ...
Why would you like to meet her?
She seems to be someone who is genuine and has good morals unlike many other teen celebrities these days. She is someone for teenage girls to look up to.
If they made a movie about your life story, what would the title be?
Who should play you in the lead role?
As told to Jeff Vorva