Three cheers for Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman for winning the People’s choice award at the Miss America Competition! Alexis, a former cheerleader living with autism, inspired thousands of people across the country during her journey to the Miss America contest. We are so proud that the cheerleading community has such a great role model for young people across the country! Alexis took time out of her busy schedule to share her cheerleading memories.
What was your favorite part of cheerleading? I absolutely loved stunting with my team. It was so much fun laughing with the girls over the small successes. It made all the practices worthwhile. I must admit, I loved being in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with 650 other cheerleaders! That was an awesome experience.
What would you tell someone wanting to try out for cheerleading but can’t find the courage to do it? I would tell them that if a girl like me, who has autism and was an outcast her whole life, then they can too. You will amaze yourself at what you can do when you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and just try. Even if you don’t make it, you are still successful by overcoming your fears and trying.
If you could relieve your cheerleading career over again, would you change anything? I wish I would have been a part of it during my sophomore year, but I think in hindsight I needed that time to see if cheerleading was something that I wanted to be part of my life. The first year, I cheered because I was pushed into it by my mom and sisters. It was their way of helping me build confidence making friends. When I went back my junior year, it was because I wanted to do it.
Why does America need Cheerleaders? Cheerleaders are just that-leaders. Cheerleading helps young men and women develop confidence and leadership that this generation needs.
We’d like to thank Alexis for taking time to speak with us, and would like to congratulate her on all of her success. To follow along with her journey, be sure to check out Miss Montana on Facebook.