NSU pom brings spirit to campus
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NSU pom brings spirit to campus

Published 12/6/17

Zach Cobler

TNE Writer

NSU pom is a collegiate team that focuses on the aspects of various dance techniques and styles and promotes and supports all things NSU.

As a part of the spirit squad, the pom squad is present at home football and basketball games. They perform routines throughout games on the sidelines. In some games, they perform at halftime. It is an enormous time commitment to learn the routines and be able to perform them at a high level.

“We practice Sunday from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6 a.m.,” said Hunter Dennis, NSU pom captain from Checotah. “We try to be involved with as many things as possible. We love cheering on our athletic teams and we also love going to events to support our RiverHawks.”

The pom squad has many different dances they perform throughout the year. These dances are choreographed by a number of different people including coaches and alumni. The members of the team have the utmost respect for who has worked with them to teach them their dances and techniques.  

“We have used a bunch of different choreographers with a variety of different styles of dance,” said Kaitlyn Newton, NSU pom team member. “We have been so lucky to be able to learn choreography from amazing choreographers such as Sydney Rappe, Lauren Pettus and Kelsey Chapius.”

On top of all the time they put into practicing and going to games, the team is also present at many different events that occur on campus.

“My favorite memory on the team is homecoming week,” said Newton. “Although it was crazy it was so much fun being able to do all the homecoming activities with my team.”

Being a part of the NSU pom squad means more to the members than one might think. The members of the team gain more than just the abilities they learned and putting those abilities on show for the fans of RiverHawk athletics.

“I have a group of girls that I can call family,” said Dennis. “These girls support me in every aspect of life and always have my best interest at heart. Being able to say that I am on the NSU pom squad is a privilege and I uphold this title to a high standard.”

The feeling of family is upheld throughout the squad and gives the members of the team a support system in college.

“To be on the NSU pom squad means the world to me,” said Charlee Gilliam, NSU pom team member. “It is so much fun to be around these amazing dancers and they are like a second family to me.”  

The NSU pom squad has created an atmosphere that is welcoming to the new girls on the team and the campus.

“Pom was a great way for me to make friends while being able to do something that I love,” said Newton.

For more information on the NSU pom squad, visit goriverhawksgo.com. To see them perform live, they perform at home basketball games. The next home game is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the NSU Event Center.

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