to all the former North Texas cheerleaders who responded to our
request for help with this story. Here are a few memories that came
I was a
cheerleader along with Donna Rankin, Liz James, Louis Montanio,
Bill Hanks and Tom Brown. All of it was fun, but some of my fondest
memories are: cheering at the dormitory cafeterias the night before
a game; attending SMU cheerleader camp the summer before our year
began; laughing our heads off during a game about silly comments
that no one else could hear. Personally, I remember my campaign
signs being defaced before the election, campaigning in the dormitories,
feeling ambivalent about not being able to sit with the Green Jackets
during a game. The night I was elected cheerleader, I found out
that an article I had written for the Sigma Tau Delta national magazine,
The Rectangle, had been published. So I felt proud of that
memories are of our practice sessions in the courtyard at Chilton
and our "road trip" by train to Wichita.
Congratulations to the 2002 cheer squad for their outstanding
Henson Sosnowy ('66)
I have a lot of good memories of being a cheerleader, but probably
my most favorite one would be the basketball games at the old
Men's Gym (see The Snake
Pit). The games were always
a lot of fun, and it was amazing during those turbulent times — with
the Vietnam War going on and general societal unrest affecting
so many things — that so many students of all persuasions
and types came out to the basketball games. It was like a great
melting pot. No matter what was going on — with the war,
or President Nixon or anywhere or anything else — all
kinds of students and people came to the Men's Gym for
the basketball games.
cheered 1970, freshman squad; 1971-73, varsity
My fondest memories of cheerleading were how much we practiced
and going to camp. We had the toughest captain there ever was,
Kenny Goss ('83). We won the highest award at the SMU
camp that year. My not-so-fond memories are times when I would
fall on my head or my butt while building a pyramid or doing
a double stunt with my partner. I have to say this: Those years
I was a cheerleader under Kenny Goss I was in the best shape
I have ever been in!
I remember our squad driving up to Tennessee for cheerleading
camp the summer of 1980. It was a long drive but we had a good
time, despite having a tire blowout. That was scary, but we
were in good hands. Steve Peterson changed it and we were on
our way! The next year we stayed close to home and went to camp
at SMU. I have memories of cheerleading camp and the competition
with the other squads trying to win the award of excellence.
Our head cheerleader, Kenny Goss, was very competitive and
worked us hard.
I loved everything about cheering except traveling in the big
white van! I loved to build pyramids and do stunts with my
partner. I think the neatest thing was getting to go to all
the social events to promote North Texas. It was a very fun
and busy year for me. I would've tried out again if I hadn't
gotten married. We really needed more funding then. Hopefully
they've gotten it since 1985.
Lynn Ross Rabon
The memories I cherish the most from cheering at UNT are definitely
the friends I made. We spent so much time together that we felt
like family. I also have many fun memories from tryouts to camp,
Homecoming, football and basketball games, and most of all nationals.
We had quite a few inside jokes that probably wouldn't be funny
to anyone else. Many of us lost touch over the past 10 years
and are just now finding each other again. We can't wait to get
back together and know we will pick up right where we left off.
Kelly Crider ('93)
My fondest memory cheering at UNT was winning the College Cheerleading
Championships in 1995. Our coach at the time, Cynthia, was
I have so many wonderful memories from cheering at UNT. The camaraderie
was like no other. A personal memory was placing third at nationals
in Daytona for stunt competition with my partner, Tyler McCowen.
My list of good times could go on and on. The people I cheered
with are like family and we still keep in touch to this day.