'Everything you do helps to define who you are,' said Barron Collier High School sophomore Cailey Horbal (pictured battling a gust of wind while holding the football team's run-through sign).
 
Cailey, 15, is a varsity cheerleader.  She earned a place on the squad starting her freshman year.
 
'Cheerleading, gymnastics and school, that's me,' she said.
 
Cailey is a cheerleader for many of the same reasons why she wants to be a doctor. Her happiness is infectious.
 
'I like helping people. I hate seeing people sick and me being able to help them is be the greatest thing.'
 
Friday night football and cheerleaders are one in the same, but to many people, the sport is watched on the gridiron, not the sidelines.
 
'Technically, it's not a sport, but it is to us. As much as we work, it should be a sport. All the tumbling and lifting girls up, we put as much time and energy into cheerleading as other people put in to other sports,' said Cailey.
 
The varsity cheerleading coach at Barron Collier, Jenna Sartorio, is in her first year in the position. She understands that her 23 girls carry unique burdens among the rest of the 1,743 students at the school.
 
'They are in the public eye. They are not just a normal student. Someone is always watching them. Someone is always taking notes in the back of their mind about what they are doing, what they are saying, what's on their Facebook, where they are. That's a reason why they're cheerleaders. They love the sport but they also enjoy being in the public. They enjoy being a good leader and some of the other kids resent them for it. We've had a couple incidents already at games where kids are shouting mean things at them. One girl got sprayed in the face by silly string over the fence. So they are definitely somewhat of a target; some in a good way, some in a bad way,' said Sartorio.
 
'There is a lot of pressure for them to make the right choice and to do the right thing.  They really learn how to do it and what the repercussions

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"Everything you do helps to define who you are," said Barron Collier High School sophomore Cailey Horbal (pictured battling a gust of wind while holding the football team's run-through sign). Cailey, 15, is a varsity cheerleader. She earned a place on the squad starting her freshman year. "Cheerleading, gymnastics and school, that's me," she said. Cailey is a cheerleader for many of the same reasons why she wants to be a doctor. Her happiness is infectious. "I like helping people. I hate seeing people sick and me being able to help them is be the greatest thing." Friday night football and cheerleaders are one in the same, but to many people, the sport is watched on the gridiron, not the sidelines. "Technically, it's not a sport, but it is to us. As much as we work, it should be a sport. All the tumbling and lifting girls up, we put as much time and energy into cheerleading as other people put in to other sports," said Cailey. The varsity cheerleading coach at Barron Collier, Jenna Sartorio, is in her first year in the position. She understands that her 23 girls carry unique burdens among the rest of the 1,743 students at the school. "They are in the public eye. They are not just a normal student. Someone is always watching them. Someone is always taking notes in the back of their mind about what they are doing, what they are saying, what's on their Facebook, where they are. That's a reason why they're cheerleaders. They love the sport but they also enjoy being in the public. They enjoy being a good leader and some of the other kids resent them for it. We've had a couple incidents already at games where kids are shouting mean things at them. One girl got sprayed in the face by silly string over the fence. So they are definitely somewhat of a target; some in a good way, some in a bad way," said Sartorio. "There is a lot of pressure for them to make the right choice and to do the right thing. They really learn how to do it and what the repercussions

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