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Barnsdall Lady Panther Phallen Clark is a senior this year and a member of the varsity cheer squad. Clark started cheering in elementary school and has been a member of the high school team for four years. She has enjoyed her time as a cheerleader for Barnsdall and said most people never see the amount of time and hard work that goes into being a cheerleader. 
“Being a smaller school, we have a smaller squad which makes it easier for us to bond with one another,” said Clark. “Most people think that cheerleading is not a sport and all we do is stand on the side lines and look cute. But being a cheerleader means lots of our free time goes to practice and making signs and goodie bags for our athletes. It’s on our shoulders to pump the crowd up and be a leader in school spirit.” 
If being a member of the cheer squad wasn’t enough, Clark also serves on the student council and is involved in several other activities at school. 
“I am student council president, and a member of the National Honor Society. I’m also editor of our school’s yearbook,” said Clark. 
Dealing with the pandemic has not been easy, but Clark, her coaches and the faculty at Barnsdall have found ways to make it work for the students this year. 
“With COVID-19, it has made cheering during the seasons somewhat challenging, not knowing if we were going be able to even cheer on our athletes,” said Clark. 
For Clark, academics are a top priority. Even with the challenges of a pandemic, Clark is staying on top of her grades and preparing herself for college.

“Academics for me are very important because they prepare me for college. As a senior I only have two classes this year, yearbook and guitar, which I love equally,” said Clark. “After I graduate, I plan to attend college and cheer at the collegiate level. Being a student athlete at BHS means all my teachers are willing to help and support me in my sports and my academics.” 

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