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Post ISD cheer opens doors for all students to get involved

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The Post cheerleaders cheer on the Bold Gold loud and proud. They've also opened up doors for several girls, including Kyleigh Shumard.

Kyleigh has been on the team for two years. Cheer sponsor and Special Ed teacher Beverly Mesker invited her on the team. She caught the sophomore doing splits and cheering in the classroom. 

"I was like man, she might like cheerleading and like I said she's a little shy, but this year she's come a long long ways," Mesker said.

Kyleigh was shy in the classroom on Monday, but by Friday when she put on the uniform, she was in her element.

"It really opened her up a lot," her mom Stacy Hair said. "She sees people and she'll talk to them and everybody just they're all for it."

According to Hair, since Kyleigh joined the cheer team she can't meet a stranger. She also said the response from the Post community has been nothing but positive.

"People walk up to us that we don't even know and just tell us how much they love watching her," Hair smiled. "They just come to the game just to watch her. It's great."

Kyleigh's teammates have welcomed in her personality, which fits right in with the rest of the squad.

"Oh my gosh, she added so much," Briley Miller and Sydney Walls. "She added the sass that a lot of the cheerleaders have. She will tell us how it is and what we need to do all the time."

According to her teammates, having Kyleigh on the team is the perfect way for the community to see that she's just like everyone else. While Mesker said she hopes it lets other students know they're accepted somewhere.

"I think it's just them being given the chance," she said.

According to Hair, it's been life changing and so rewarding for Kyleigh to cheer for her school.

"It makes my heart happy. It really does. I mean it's really emotional some times," Hair said. "They treat her like she's one of them."

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