'Don't give up': Kansas City teen is only cheerleader at her high school
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KAKE) — A Kansas City high school is proving that just one voice can rev the crowd up several decibels.
Few can bring school spirit more than Southeast Junior cheerleader Jaziah Rowe. KMBC reports six cheerleaders started the school year at Southeast. Then one moved, one quit, and the others were required to focus more on school work.
That left Rowe as the lone cheerleader for basketball season.
"At first, it was like, you know, kind of weird because nobody's really used to cheering by themselves, but I got used to it as it went on," Rowe said.
The head coach says the young cheerleader wouldn’t be deterred easily.
"I told her, ‘You know it's just you, so if you don't want to continue the season, we can let coach Ramsey know that cheer is done for this season,' and her response was, ‘I don't want to quit,'" coach Leslie Friday said.
So game after game, the junior showed up to cheer up the student body. The crowds showed up for her.
"To me, it says that she is very brave. She's very dedicated. This is something she's passionate about," Friday said.
Rowe hopes to go to Lincoln University next year, and of course, she wants to cheer. Her message to others is never to stop doing what you love.
"I just hope that other people that are seeing her understand that if it's something you want to do, then you can do it and just go for what you want to do, and don't let anything stop you," Friday said.