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Mrs. Ekoniak
Laci Ekoniak (middle) is continuring her cheerleading career at Youngstown State University.

Laci Ekoniak is a senior at Struthers High School, she has been cheering almost her whole life. Ekoniak is the type of person to achieve her goals and focus on what she really wants. 

The student has been a high school cheerleader for the last four years, she never really knew that she wanted to cheer in college until only a few months ago. She has prepared herself for years to be the best she could be to do what she loves the most. 

Ekoniak focused on herself a ton before tryouts. 

“I took tumbling classes to help me work on my tumbling skills, and in my spare time I practiced my jumps and all other required tryout material,” says the cheerleader. 

The senior has been cheering since she was a little girl. The athlete was always on the field, practicing her tumbling skills or  just having fun cheering with her friends.

Ekoniak never gave up on her dreams. 

“If my younger self knew I was a college cheerleader, she’d probably freak out. I’m very proud of myself because this is like a dream come true to young me,” says the athlete. 

Since the beginning of Ekoniak’s cheerleading career, she was already great. The cheerleader was always dedicated to being the best and doing the best so she can enjoy the sport the most she can.

The athlete holds herself to high standards to become the best she can be. 

“I believe I’ve grown a lot into my potential, but I’m not all the way there yet. I still have a lot more learning and growing to do and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me,” says the cheerleader. 

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Gianna DeGeorge
Gianna DeGeorge, Feature Writer
Gianna DeGeorge is a senior at Struthers High School. She is in Journalism I.  Gianna is involved in school, she is part of Interact Club, Medical Careers Club, and Future Teachers Club. Gianna is also part of the National Honor Society. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family outside of school, and another activity she does outside of school is competitive cheerleading.  Some things Gianna is looking forward to this school year is to stay close with her classmates and maintain a positive attitude. She also wants to maintain good grades, keep her GPA high, and stay motivated throughout the whole school year. After high school, Gianna plans to go to college and study radiology.
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