Shining with Spirit

Senior Lauren Proctor finds cheering for Burke High School athletes to be fun and rewarding. “I’ve made many new friends along the way,” she said. “I love cheering for Burke because I love representing my school, being involved, and having so much fun!” Unfortunately due to COVID-19, her squad wasn’t able to cheer for the fall sports, but she’s hopeful things will turn around next semester. “I’m excited to cheer again this spring. Burke hosts a mini-cheer camp every year and we get up to 100 young kids to participate. It’s always fun to have them cheer on the sidelines with us at a home game.”

Proctor decided to try out for the cheer team as a freshman. “I wanted to try something new to support my school and show spirit,” she said. Burke Cheer Coach Amelia Howard is glad to have her on the team. “Lauren is the glue that holds our team together. She is always the first one on the floor to stretch and warm up and is a motivator for every person on the team. She is a leader to the younger cheerleaders and always exemplifies what it means to be a Bulldog. In addition to being a great cheerleader, she is an amazing person. I am lucky to be her coach this year.”

A dedicated student and member of the National Honor Society, Proctor maintains a 4.0 GPA while also participating in cheer and yearbook. Her mom, Cathy, is proud of her daughter. “She is very grounded and has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I know. She puts her mind to something and goes for it. She cares deeply about others and always wants to jump in and help. She’s truly a beautiful person inside and out!”

Outside of cheer, Proctor also works at Top Golf as a Golf Services Associate. She enjoys spending time with her younger sister, Meredith, who is a freshman this year at Burke, and their two dogs, Max and Rusty. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska – Lincoln next year. “I would like to major in pre-health and potentially become a physical therapist because I like caring for people.”

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