ILWACO Ilwaco High School cheerleader Krista Glasson received one of two top scholarships awarded by Washington State Cheerleading Coaches Association at a luncheon April 13 in Everett. Her father David Glasson and IHS cheer coach Sheryl Schisler accompanied Krista to the event.
A dozen scholarships were awarded to cheerleaders from all around the state and from schools of all sizes of enrollment. Glasson, who will graduate this spring, has been cheerleading since the second grade.
In the fifth, sixth and seventh grades I was a member of the Columbia River Elite Cheerleaders and we were able to perform at the Rose Garden during a Portland Trailblazer game, she says.
I am really excited to have received this scholarship. It is awesome to get paid to be a cheerleader. Kathy Crowley (who handed out the scholarships at the ceremony) said that the essays in the application were read and scored by English professors from the University of Washington. She said that the other girl and I that got a top scholarship will do great in college, Glasson relates.
It was really humbling to hear and made me very excited for college. I would have never thought that I would have been one of the finalists, let alone the top scholarship winner. I urge everyone to apply to as many scholarships as they can because it is worth it. I am really grateful for this scholarship, says Glasson.
In order to be eligible for the $2,500 scholarship, applicants had to prepare a portfolio of their accomplishments, including service to the community. Applicants also had to tell how many years they were a cheerleader and they had to write an essay on life lessons learned through cheerleading. Glassons essay is on the right.
Krista Glassons favorite classes in high school were calculus, chemistry and biology. A serious knee injury sidelined Glasson for much of her sophomore year, but her determination allowed her to recover and continue with cheerleading and with her studies. She is the daughter of David and Becki Glasson of Long Beach.