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want to be cheerleading captain!

Question Posted Friday October 5 2007, 4:26 pm

i am on the jv squad at my high school. next week, my coach will be choosing a captain and a co-captain. we have to write a one page essay on why we should be captain, get a teacher recommendation, and show good leadership skills. i think i would be great as captain, but i am really worried. two girls are planning to make/buy stuff for all the cheer coaches, sort or as a bribe. i am worried my coach wont realize its a bribe and let them be captain or something. also, there are some other good leaders on my team. anyways, what can i say in my paper to really convince her i would be good! i have experience and i am a motivated, good leader, but i feel like i need more. also, she said she will be watching for who is being a good leader throught this week until next week. what things can i do to show that?? i want this so bad! THANKS SO MUCH!!

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angie91 answered Friday October 5 2007, 8:16 pm:
I'm awesome at essay writing, first of all, you need to tell her that you have a real passion for cheerleading and that you know that the team will benefit from you being the captain. Tell her what you told us, that you're experierenced, motivated and a good leader. Tell her all of your good qualities: energy, devotion, independance, good work ethic. tell her that you love cheerleading and that you would make a really good captain because...
three main things to remember when writing a pursuasive essay are:
1. be pursuasive, dont say things like IF you ... say WHEN you, or I THINK, say I WILL.
2. Be poliet, but firm with your reasons for making a great captain a good example would be. If you make me the captain, I will work my hardest to be the best I can be
If you choose me to be the captain then I can work hard and try to be the best I can be.
3. Have a great closing.
The closing can be the hardest part but it really is simple in theory, you need to leave them thinking. An example would be, I can't imagine a year without me as the captain, can you?
If you let her know how hard you want this, but putting that effort into the essay (which means dolling it up; putting it on pretty paper, making a cover, putting it in a duotang, having no gramatical/ spelling errors etc..) then she'll knwot aht you are serious about this and you really want it.
Heres what you need to remember, if you go into it worrying that the other girls will win her over with their bribes, then you had might as well not even try, but if you think positive and only imagine the teacher saying your name, then you'll acheive it. Think positively girl, I mean, you're a cheerleader right?
Good luck! I know you'll make an awesome cheer captian! let me know if you need anything else, love ya,

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Brandi_S answered Friday October 5 2007, 8:15 pm:
Well, being a good leader isn't that hard. You be kind to all of your fellow students. You show that you care about your peers and your school. A cheerleader doesn't just cheer the team on, or lead the pep squad. They care about everything about their school. You encourage your fellow cheerleaders to show such caring towards school and peers.

Don't fret over them buying things to bribe the coaches. I'm sure that the coaches are no fools, and those girls will most likely NOT be chosen. Well, unless your coaches are total assholes.

Just do your best, and as for your essay, write what your heart tells you.


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