Profile: Carlee Whipple leads cheer team with passion, experience

Profile: Carlee Whipple leads cheer team with passion, experience

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Senior continues to lead by example

Julia Fikse | The Feather Online

Senior Carlee Whipple has been a integral part of the high school varsity cheer team since her freshman year.

Sports teams involve many students on campus. However, on most athletic teams, the season only lasts a few months. Cheer is an exception to this, as it continues throughout the school year. A rigorous schedule and months of demanding work require team leaders, such as senior Carlee Whipple.

A member of the FC cheer program since eighth grade, Whipple looks forward to enjoying another year on the squad, only this time as a senior and co-captain. She hopes to make more memories with the team while also succeeding in their competitions.

However, even before she was officially a part of the cheer team, Whipple showed an interest in cheer from a young age. In preschool, she participated in the UpWard program and also took part in the junior cheer clinic on campus in elementary school.

Whipple’s mom, Darbee Whipple, has enjoyed seeing her daughter grow both physically and mentally through the cheer program.

“I have enjoyed watching her grow into the most amazing and wonderful young woman,” Darbee said. “The Lord has blessed us so with the ability to attend this school. I’ve seen her improve through her tenacity to keep going even though it hurts, her love for others, and her desire to encourage others to succeed.”

Carlee loves competition. Seeing her perform on the mat in this environment is pretty special. Carlee is not intimidated by a crowd, in fact, she thrives on it. She doesn’t get nervous, she just goes out to every game, performance or competition and brings 110 percent. — Coach Hope Villines

Coach Hope Villines loves Whipple’s hard work and passion for the sport. She believes Whipple is a great mentor to younger members of the team.

Carlee brings so much to this varsity cheer team,” Villines said. “Her voice is by far the strongest on the team. Her strength of motion, spirit, smile and apparent love for the sport causes her teammates to strive to be better. Carlee is an amazing leader and encourager.”

Whipple hopes to bond with her teammates this season and act as a mentor to her younger peers.

“I have been involved in cheerleading since eighth grade year and (Coach) Hope was one of  the only reasons why I joined,” Whipple said. “This year I’m a base, so I feel like I’ve gotten a whole lot stronger, because freshmen year I couldn’t even lift up a pencil off the ground but I can lift a person now. My goal is that we mesh as a sisterhood and that we are able to come together and if we need help with anything we will be able to talk to each other.”

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Her teammates say Whipple’s energy and passion for cheer makes her stand out on the team.

Whipple’s energy and passion for the sport rubs off on her teammates, as she often encourages them and rallies them together. Fellow co-captain and friend, Lauryn Tucker, ‘18, enjoys spending time with Whipple on and off the cheer team.

“Carlee is so energetic and knows how to bring up everyone’s mood,” Tucker said. “She encourages her teammates through practices and brings excitement to everything she does. Carlee is an outgoing girl with a big personality and an unforgettable laugh. I hope to grow closer as friends and in our walk with God this year as seniors.”

While many students only see the cheer team performing at football or basketball games, they also compete in their own cheer competitions. Whipple and the team have found success in previous years of  competition and hope to come out victorious again this year.

Coach Villines believes Whipple shines under the pressure of competition, and therefore counts on her to help lead the younger members of the squad during their routines.

“Carlee loves competition,” Villines said. “Seeing her perform on the mat in this environment is pretty special. Carlee is not intimidated by a crowd, in fact, she thrives on it. She doesn’t get nervous, she just goes out to every game, performance or competition and brings 110 percent.”

Whipple is also  a “lifer” on campus, meaning she has attended the school since kindergarten (and in Whipple’s case, since preschool). She has enjoyed her time at FC and looks forward to her senior year with her friends.

“I love that the school is smaller because you know everyone here and you are not so confined to your small group,” Whipple said. “I would completely always come to this school again (if given the chance to start over). This school has been my life since preschool. I love how my mom works here and it’s just perfect for me.”

According to Villines, Whipple feels more like a family member than a student.

Sometimes as a coach, your athletes become family,” Villines said. “It has been a blessing to be Carlee’s coach. I know Carlee will be in my life no matter where God takes her after FCS.”

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Whipple cheers at the ‘Holy Bowl’ football game against Immanuel, Sept. 1.

Coach Villines shares advice for Whipple about her future after high school and encourages her to live life to its fullest. 

Carlee, always strive to be who God wants you to be,” Villines said. “Never settle for anything less than giving Him your best. Whether that is how you apply yourself in college, relationships, friendships, and your outlook on life, Keep smiling! Life is going to throw you some curve balls lil one, knock those curve balls out of the park! Love You!”

Be sure to support the FC cheer team by encouraging them at games and at competitions throughout the year! Also come watch the varsity girls as they lead the elementary cheer during the football game, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. The ‘littles’ will put on quite a show at halftime between the Eagles and Mammoth.

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Mariana Fikse
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado. Senior Mariana Fikse developed a passion for agriculture and dairy science while growing up on a family dairy farm. She plans to major in nursing with a minor in dairy science. Fikse works long hours on the dairy over summer and school vacations but is also passionate about spending her time to help others. Volunteering with Sister to Sister gives Fikse the opportunity to mentor younger students while still maintaining a 4.0+ G.P.A. As last year’s varsity girl’s tennis captain, Fikse learned what was required to be a team leader, something that supports her role on The Feather. During her time on staff, The Feather earned two CSPA Gold Crowns and one NSPA Online Pacemaker. A third year of journalism likely includes more challenges ahead, but Fikse looks forward to facing them with the rest of the team, this year as co-editor-in-chief. When not enjoying a good book or hanging out with her siblings, you can find Fikse riding quads or driving a jeep around back roads with her cousins. Confident in her writing and leadership abilities, Fikse anticipates success in her senior year of high school.


  1. Juliana Lozano
    Juliana Lozano September 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Great article! It’s so fun to see a fellow cheer girl featured on the Feather! I’ve loved cheering with Carlee ever since we were in junior high, her spirit and energy is so fun to be around. Keep up the great work, Mariana!

  2. Carlee Whipple October 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you!! I am so thankful for this school and my fellow cheerleaders!!!

  3. Paige Provost
    Paige Provost October 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Carlee is such a great captain!!! I love cheering with her!!

  4. Nicole November 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I love this girl, my sweet Carlee! So proud of her!

    Now you all need to do a story on the other captains, Jules and Lauryn!

    • Mariana Fikse
      Mariana Fikse November 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      I believe we currently have journalist working on some! 🙂

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