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A Day in the Life of a Pacesetter

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These girls sparkle, wear boots, and paint on red lips every Friday. Intriguing to say the least. So, I wanted to know more. Why join this line? So, I set out to find the answer. I met up with Julianna Jones, returning Junior and Pacesetters, to ask her thoughts and feelings about the appeal and the pressure.  

First, you need to know that every year many girls try out for the line. They don’t all make the cut. So, it is a prestigious honor to be chosen to wear the hat and the boots- one that only a select number enjoy.  “Being a Pacesetter means hard work and dedication. Even if I don’t feel like it, I still give 110% all of the time.” said Julianna. I could tell she was serious and meant her reflections. She wanted me to see that it isn’t always fun, but that it is always necessary.

Pacesetters have a big responsibility, Julianna wanted me to know. You have to make sure you’re doing a good job at representing our school. “Self confidence is a big key.” said Julianna. She added that when you’re on the field, at tryouts, or just practicing -you want to perform with confidence and panther pride!

At every pep-rally and at many sporting events,  you’ll see the Pacesetters march on and perform. When the girls put on a performance, they look polished and that does not happen magically. It takes hard work and intentional ensemble moves and unity with one another. I asked Julianna if she had any words of wisdom for newcomers or interested dancers. She said,“Be sassy and as sharp as possible, and don’t hide the best side of you.”

My thoughts after talking to Julianna Jones was that being a Pacesetter isn’t just about fancy costumes and a painted on smile- it is about learning to be confident in all you do, and to not doubt yourself. Julianna left me with something to think about. She said, “I always walk with pride and my chin lifted, because I know I’ve worked so hard for what I’ve earned.” Because of her, I lifted my chin a bit higher today. I hope you do, too. We all have something to be proud and confident about- #wearepanthers.

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