WILSON — To be a successful cheerleader it takes intelligence, drive and a certain level of passion.

Editors Note: This is part of a series profiling the finalists for the 2019 Cheerleader of the Year award, which will be announced at the Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet in May. 

WILSON — To be a successful cheerleader it takes intelligence, drive and a certain level of passion.

The same could also be said for someone involved with the agriculture business, or the FFA organization.

Ironically, one doesn’t need to look very far in Wilson to find someone who applies herself at all of these activities, they just need senior Lady Eagles cheerleader Racelyn Gemmell. 

On top of being actively involved in firing up fans who support the black and gold at football and basketball games, Gemmell is also a proud member of the FFA, as well as Vocational Agriculture Education, along with doing public speaking on FFA topics to various communities.

There’s also the small matter of her currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA while being concurrently enrolled in college classes.

Despite the crazy schedule, it’s all natural to Gemmell, who says she can’t imagine herself doing anything else with life.

“Being a Wilson cheerleader means a lot to me, because a lot of the younger kids look up to us,” she said. “It’s difficult staying successful, but I do live by a planner which keeps me organized. School always comes first to me. As long as that is alright, then I can do what’s necessary for my team.”

Gemmell also credits her strong work ethic to being raised in a community like Wilson, where takes pride in representing her town no matter what she does.

“These adults have done so much for me by supporting me in this community,” she said. “The least I can do for them is to give back, and represent them all with pride whether it is through cheer, for FFA or any other organization I’m doing an activity for.”

“My family has also supported me unconditionally in everything I’ve ever done,” Gemmell added. “It means the world knowing they are always there for me. They have driven me to be the best person I can be in life.” 

Gemmell’s accomplishments got one more title added this past December, when she was named as the second ever Wilson High School cheerleader to the All-Ardmoreite Cheer Team. 

This May, she will also be among hundreds of students honored at the State FFA convention for their academic excellence, before she plans on attending college to do one thing, change the world in her own way.

“I want to major in agricultural animal science, with the hope of doing something in beef nutrition,” Gemmell said. “My goal in life is to put my own spin on the agricultural industry. I would love to be able to come back and pass on my knowledge someday to the younger kids and to help them grow and expand their skill set.”

Gemmell added that she considers it an honor to be named a finalist for the Cheerleader of the Year award, and that winning it would send a strong but positive message to everyone who has supported her at Wilson.

“It would mean a lot to me,” she said about possibly winning the award. “I would love to be able to stand up and showcase myself for my school and my community as a whole if I was to win.”