Lexi Hammond '22
Senior aims high in cheer and studies
When Lexi Hammond '22 sets her mind on something, the sky is the limit. A Pirate cheerleader for the past four years, Hammond entered her senior year determined to learn a new skill – stacking two people on her shoulders.
"I came into summer camp this year knowing I wanted to be the base for two-high pyramids," Hammond says. "I have seen men on the team doing these stunts, but prior to this year the women were not placed in these positions. Watching the men, I was encouraged and felt like I was strong enough to master the same skills. We hit our two-high stunt on our first try!"
She has since been a base for these pyramids at every game. A team captain, Hammond is always pushing the team to expand their abilities. "We motivate each other to be the best we can and work together to achieve these goals," she says.
Prior to Whitworth, Hammond's athletic experience was in competitive dancing. She saw cheerleading as an opportunity to try something new and utilize her dance background.
"I love how cheerleading is so interconnected and encouraging," she says. "Cheerleading is a team sport that takes a lot of trust. We are throwing people high up in the air and must be strong together to keep our team safe and make the stunt look good."