Nov. 8, 2018
By Carina Paserchia
For the month of November, The Lighthouse turns the spotlight over to freshman Casey Cirne. When the varsity cheerleading team was in need of a new golden bear, Cirne stepped up for the challenge.
Along with being the golden bear, Cirne is also a member of the cross country team and marching band.
“Since I am in sports and in band, I thought it wouldn’t be possible to do all three. Also, I believed freshmen weren’t allowed to be the mascot, which obviously wasn’t true,” Cirne said. “When I learned that it was a possibility for me to be the mascot, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Cirne said the cheerleading team, along with Coach Ruiz, have been nothing but helpful and kind. Since Cirne is a freshman, she was nervous that she might feel left out, but she said the opposite occurred. Cirne said the team assists her in fixing her ears, making sure her feet are on correctly and fan her face with their pom poms.
“Without Mrs. Ruiz and the rest of the team, I would physically fall apart,” Cirne said.
Cirne’s guidance counselor Ms. Leidemer described Cirne as a triple threat.
“Her wit immediately had me laughing, and I thought to myself, ‘If Casey keeps that perspective with all things in life, she certainly will do very well through obstacles that she may face,’” Leidemer said.
She said Cirne’s dedication and time management are admirable qualities.
“Casey’s determination is evident within all she does,” Leidemer said.
Freshman Francesca Castagnetti, a close friend of Cirne’s, has known her since fourth grade.
Castagnetti said Cirne has impacted her life for the better.
“She’s made me a stronger person and taught me to never change for someone else,” Castagnetti said. “She is never afraid to voice her opinion and stand up for what’s right.”
Cirne said although balancing band, cross country and her role as the mascot can be stressful, it is worth it.
“Getting to do all three is something I can’t complain about,” Cirne said. “When I have to change from the bear to my band uniform, I am always followed by little kids who want a high five or hug. I am always there to take a picture with a baby or a dog and no other sport or activity leads to such an experience.”