Meet the All Stars

All Stars preform at boys basketball game against Nacogdoches.
All Stars preform at boys basketball game against Nacogdoches.
Grace Darcy
Senior Megan Heginbothem preforms at  pep rally.
Megan Heginbotham

Grade: 12

Year on All Stars: 3

All-Stars Team: Black Team

What do you do to get yourself ready for a performance?

“I go out with my other All-Star friends and we go out to eat so we’re fueled up with energy and listen to the music.”

What is your favorite snack on game days?

“Whatever I’m craving, but normally it’s Subway and Reese’s.”

What is your favorite part about being at the basketball games?

“Watching the basketball team work together and seeing how their practice improves them through each game.”

What is the hardest thing about being an All Star?

“Standing waiting to dance. We also never know what dance we’re gonna dance next. Our director just plays a song and we have five to 10 seconds to know what dance we’re dancing. We have a list of songs and dances but she just kind of randomly chooses one and we’re like, “oh, do we need our poms do not need our poms?”

What is the biggest difference between dancing on the team during football and competition season compared to All Stars?

“All Stars is a lot more lenient. And we only have like 30 minutes of practice before each game and that’s the only practice we have that whole week. So we just have to remember the dances, we don’t have a consistent practice with it.”

What special memory can you recall from being on the All Stars team?

Making the team the first year. Made me feel pretty good because I was a rookie on the team. And so like all the officers and seniors made it and only like a handful of rookies made it, and I was one of them. 

Senior Megan Heginbothem preforms at pep rally. (Maya Ortiz)
Sophomore Olivia Horton dances at boys basketball game against Nacogdoches.
Olivia Horton

Grade: 10

Year on All Stars: 2

All Stars Team: Black Team

What do you do to get yourself ready for a performance?

“I get my AirPods and just listen to the music and go over all the dances and then, make sure I know everything and then feel prepared.”

What is your favorite snack on game days?

“Protein bars and, fruit and stuff — so I don’t feel heavy and can get to the dance.”

What is your favorite part about being at the basketball games?

“It’s fun to just watch them and see other sports and what they do. I’ve never actually watched a basketball game but when we’re at All Stars we have to and so it’s fun to see them play.”

What is the hardest thing about being an All Star?

“It takes a lot of hard work and you have to put a lot of time into it, like memorizing all the dances and just working on certain tricks and stuff.”

What is the biggest difference between dancing on the team during football and competition season compared to All Stars?

“Football season is a lot more laidback, and in All Stars you’re put on a higher expectation. So you have to practice a lot more and to just be more dedicated during that time.”

What special memory can you recall from being on the All Stars team?

“Last year at All Stars we’d go on the court. We have to run in, spirit on, everyone in the student section was watching and I tripped and fell. Yeah, that was pretty funny.”

Sophomore Olivia Horton dances at boys basketball game against Nacogdoches. (Grace Darcy)
Junior Gracie Hernandez dances with the All Stars at pep rally.
Gracie Hernandez

Grade: 11

Year on All Stars: 2

All-Stars Team: Green Team

What do you do to get yourself ready for a performance?

“I do my hair if it needs to be done, then I kind of kill time watching stuff on my phone. Then I do my makeup because it doesn’t take that long.”

Do you have any superstitions?

“Drink a Cherry Coke.”

What is your favorite snack on game days?

“A Deluxe McCrispy Large with extra mayonnaise, extra lettuce, no tomatoes, and add American cheese with the Cherry Coke.”

What is your favorite part about being at the basketball games?

“You’re getting in for free and just dancing on the side. It’s very laidback. It’s not too much pressure and you’re just kind of having fun. They’re short dances so it’s kind of hard to forget.”

What is the hardest thing about being an All Star?

“Getting ready, I know I say I kill time but I procrastinate getting ready a lot. Like my hair, I finish it like two minutes before we have to be out here to go out.”

What is the biggest difference between dancing on the team during football and competition season compared to All Stars?

“I find it more exciting and more, it catches my attention a little bit more than contest season. I’m just more excited when they mention All Stars rather than everything else.”

What special memory can you recall from being on the All Stars team?

“When Ms. Vaughn played the music last game and I ran into Emma Frazier.”

Junior Gracie Hernandez dances with the All Stars at pep rally. (Maya Ortiz)
Senior Mary Brown claps with poms at pep rally with All Stars.
Mary Brown

Grade: 12

Year on All Stars: 3

All Stars Team: Black Team & Green Team

What do you do to get yourself ready for a performance?

“I go home and I do my makeup and my hair. Then all of the All Stars come to school like 45 to 30 minutes before the game starts. We’ll just run through all the dances, get our poms, just do forms and then we go out there.”

What is your favorite snack on game days?

“Probably like Subway or a bagel.”

What is your favorite part about being at the basketball games?

“It’s a really chill part of Silver Stars. All Stars is usually all the advanced dancers so you just have to make sure you know the dances because we don’t normally practice with the All Star team. So you have to make sure you know your counts. I just like how like chill it is, just being with my friends and the dances. It’s fun being able to dance that close to like your parents and they get to see what else we can do. Not just jazz, contemporary or football. We do like hip hop and stuff like that.”

What is the biggest difference between dancing on the team during football and competition season compared to All Stars?

“It’s really chill, the dances [are] supposed to be under a minute. So they’re usually fun, like poms or hip hop. There’s no cleaning, there’s no grinding every day with those dances. Because during school we focus on either football or contests. All Stars is just something that you have to be prepared to do and not worry about if you’re going to be on time or anything, you should already know.

What special memory can you recall from being on the All Stars team?

“When we got our new uniforms, the green uniforms. I think that was my sophomore year. Because I just was not expecting to get new uniforms or to ever get new uniforms so the fact that we did get them, it was just really exciting.”

Senior Mary Brown claps with poms at pep rally with All Stars. (Maya Ortiz)
Senior Haylee Rankin waves at stands at boys basketball against Nacogdoches.
Haylee Rankin

Grade: 12

Year on All Stars: 

All Stars Team: Black Team

What do you do to get yourself ready for a performance?

“I come to the school, I fix my hair, I put my makeup on. I do a little left-right stretch, and then I run the dances, and then I’m done.”

What is your favorite snack on game days?

“Subway.”

What is your favorite part about being at the basketball games?

“I like basketball. My favorite part about being at the basketball games is watching the basketball game. No, it’s probably honestly, listening to all the parents like yell.”

What is the hardest thing about being an All Star?

“The hardest part about being on All Stars is you have to like really pay attention and you can’t look around, so that’s really difficult for me — not looking around. You have to pay attention to the dances and the music and be prepared for just when the song starts.”

What is the biggest difference between dancing on the team during football and competition season compared to All Stars?

“Football season is very schedule oriented and step by step, there’s a step you have to hit for everything. But All Stars, you’re on your toes there’s not really a schedule, you’re kind of just going and doing. It’s more fun and free, and you get to do more of your own thing rather than being all the same like soldiers.”

What special memory can you recall from being on the All Stars team?

“Getting ready with everybody.”

Senior Haylee Rankin waves at stands at boys basketball against Nacogdoches. (Grace Darcy)
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