Sedi Penna’s parents were shocked when she came home from school and said she wanted to be a member of the cheerleading team.
“I recruit girls all the time, Sedi (pronounced like “Sadie”) was in my aerobics class and she did a wonderful job. I noticed she picked up rhythm,” says Brunswick Health teach and Cheerleading Coach Jean Moore. “So just like I recruit any other girl, I asked Sedi if she would be interested in trying out and she did. I was proud of her it was not easy for her to do.”
While the coach reached out to Sedi, it then fell to the members of the team to make her feel like part of their family.
“I think everyone was like — a little shocked at first but then we were like really excited. We were kind of wondering how it would affect us,” says senior Heather Masser. “But I think it really made everyone stronger.”
“We kind of thought like other people would be kind of iffy about it,” says junior Tia Musselman. “But actually everyone always comes up to us and they’re like, Sedi looks so good out there. They would always like give her compliments, and give the squad compliments for like letting her join the team.”
Since becoming a Brunswick cheerleader, Sedi has a new group of friends and admirers, and a new air of self confidence.
Sedi attends Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maryland.