Jim Rex 250

By Derrick Smith

High school student-athletes can have different reasons for participating in a sport. They could join because they have played it most of their life, or because their friends play. While others, like Makayla Catt, hope to be good enough in high school to compete at the collegiate level.

“I have put in a lot of work and effort to get where I am today,” she said. “Having the goal of possibly cheering in college has pushed me to work even harder in cheer. I am hoping to continue my cheer career at Pitt State University in the fall.”

Catt is a Senior at Miami High School. Along with cheer, she also plays tennis and is a powerlifter. “I have been cheering since I was in the seventh grade,” she said. “I have played tennis for three years and I began powerlifting two years ago.”

There are a few people that Makayla looks up to and says have always been there to support her and cheer her on. “I am thankful for the impact that my parents and my grandparents have had on me,” she said. “They always told me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. I always remember that when I am setting a goal for myself.”

Her time in the classroom at Miami allowed Makayla to be in the classroom of some good teachers. She says that she has one teacher that stands out as the best. “Mr. Adams is my favorite teacher,” she said. “He always made learning fun and made us constantly laugh.”

Memorable moments are something that every athlete has and Catt is no different. “I have a few moments from cheer that are my favorites,” she said. “When we won cheer Regionals in 2017 and 2019,” she recalled. “Also when I won Powerlifting State in 2020. Those were really awesome moments.”

Along with participating in her sports, Catt is also involved in Student Council and the National Honor Society.

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