MADILL — Someone once said “You’ve got to be persistent to get anything out of life.”

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. 

MADILL — Someone once said “You’ve got to be persistent to get anything out of life.”

When it comes to this trait, there’s few cheerleaders who fit the description more than Madill senior Daisy Rosas. 

After failing to make the Lady Wildcats cheer team her sophomore year, Rosas decided to give it one more try her junior year.

The decision paid off in more ways than one.

“I didn’t make it on the squad during my sophomore year,” Rosas said. “A part of me was starting to think that this wasn’t meant for me, and that I couldn’t do it. The next time I tried out, I went in with the mindset of having nothing to lose, and I ended up making it.”

“Cheer has led me on a journey I never thought would be possible,” Rosas added. “Growing up, I was a really shy person. Through all the activities I’ve gotten to do because of cheer, it’s allowed me to open up more to people, and allowed me to show who I truly am.” 

Daisy said she credits coach Traci Duvak as a reason for her being able to open up and express herself in ways she never thought possible. 

“Coach Duvak is very chill when it comes to us as a team,” she said. “But she (Traci) does have a daughter, so she understands us as people. Sometimes she gets under our skin, but she knows exactly when to do what we need, and how to do it the right way.” 

While she’s been a proud member of the Lady Wildcats cheer team for the past two years, Rosas has been busy leaving her mark elsewhere on many other platforms at Madill High School.

Rosas’ athletic resume includes being a four-time state qualifier for the Lady Wildcats cross country team, as well as a two-time state qualifier for the girls track team.

She is also a four year member of the girls soccer team, as well as a four year member of the Madill High School Band program.

While in band, Rosas has served as the drum major for the past two years, and is also a two year member of the Honor Band program, as well as being crowned the 2018 Homecoming Queen. 

But while Rosas has left her own proud legacy at Madill High School, she’s also made sure to leave it in her community as well.

She has proudly served as a volunteer coach for the Madill Cross Country team, as well as volunteering as a tutor for the Madill Elementary After School Program, and as a teacher’s aide in the same program during the summer.

Daisy has also been actively involved as a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church youth group, and is also a member of Upward Bound through Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, while holding a GPA of 3.96.

“It’s usually more stressful to be honest,” Rosas said about doing all her activities. “The biggest thing for me is finding a balance between activities and classes, and having a pretty face while doing it.”

Staying true to herself, Daisy has her college future centered around what is going to make the biggest impact for her family, and for other people.

“I’ve been accepted to East Central University,” Rosas said. “My career choices are centered around my hobbies primarily, as well as what is going to help me be able to take care of my family. I’ve thought about trying their engineering program, and that comes from always helping my dad outside. I’m also thinking about studying psychology, because I love the idea of being a social worker and helping kids find forever homes and helping them.”

“My family is my biggest support group,” Rosas added. “I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.” 

As a member of the All-Ardmoreite cheer team, Rosas has already added one more achievement to her high school career, Daisy said though that she wouldn’t mind making history before she graduates for herself and for her community.

“It would be a big honor representing Madill as the Cheerleader of the Year,” she said. “Being able to give something back to all the people who have helped me along this journey would mean the world to me in so many ways.”