RINGLING — There are three things that have always been important to Ringling senior London Lewis.

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. 

RINGLING — There are three things that have always been important to Ringling senior London Lewis.

Her Christian faith, her schoolwork, and the community of Ringling, which she calls home. 

As a standout on the Ringling fast pitch softball team, Lewis always knew what it felt like to be successful as the Lady Blue Devils made the regional tournament multiple times in her career, along with appearances in the state tournament in 2015 and 2016, where Ringling made the state semifinals.

London is also a three-year member of the Ringling varsity cheer squad, where she has served as the captain.

To understand where this senior standouts journey began though, you only need to go back down memory lane to a time when London was the one looking up, literally and figuratively, to the older cheerleaders. 

“When I was a little kid, I remember looking up to the older cheerleaders and I always wanted to be like them,” Lewis said. “You don’t have to be a cheerleader to make an impact on someone’s life. But that’s what I wanted to do when I became a cheerleader was to make a positive impact on someone.”

While Lewis is a standout athlete on multiple fronts, she’s even more outstanding in the classroom and in the community. 

Aside from being a two-year member of the National Honor Society, and a one year member of the National Technical Honor Society, Lewis is also a four year member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, while sporting an overall GPA of 3.8. 

It’s in her community service though where this Ringling standout really shines.

London’s volunteer resume includes Blood Drives, Food Drives, Community Clean Up Day, Ringling Color Run, Toys 4 Tots, as well as volunteering at Headstart and the Ringling Chamber of Commerce among many other organizations, which also include being a member of the Methodist Church youth group. 

Lewis’ athletic achievements are also quite impressive as she is a two-time All-American Cheerleader in 2017 and 2018, as well as a UCA Pin it Forward Leadership Award recipient. 

She was also named Co-Newcomer of the Year on the All-Ardmoreite fast-pitch softball team in 2015, and was also named to the All-Ardmoreite softball team in 2018 and 2019, making her the first athlete to ever be named All-Ardmoreite cheer and softball in a calendar year, as well as being voted Most Athletic by her classmates for the Class of 2019 at Ringling High School. 

There was also the small matter of Lewis earning All-State honors for her performance in the 2019 season for softball. 

“Growing up playing sports I’ve always been able to learn time management,” Lewis said. “I think that’s what has helped me the most with all my activities. I just put my nose to the grindstone and made it a point to have good grades. In the process I was able to do everything I wanted to do my senior year as well as helping my community.” 

Lewis credits all of her softball success to Lady Blue Devils head coach Steve Pybas, while crediting her cheer success to head coach Aaron Blackwell. She added that having influences like she has had at Ringling have made a tremendous impact on her life. 

“Miss (Aaron) Blackwell is always very understanding as our coach,” she said. “With all the stuff I had going on with cheer, softball and community service, she helped make everything so fun and allowed us to do what we needed to do as students and as cheerleaders.”

“Coach (Steve) Pybas did whatever it took to make sure we had what we needed as a team,” Lewis added. “We didn’t have the biggest budget, but he still worked very hard to get us new uniforms. In my opinion we have one of the nicest softball and baseball fields in Class A. We make it a point to put God first, whether it’s cheer or softball. I’ve gone to the same church as Coach Pybas since I was three years old. I’m very blessed to have coaches who are so faith based, because I’m very grounded in my faith which is very important to me.” 

Having already put together a stellar resume athletically and academically, Lewis now has her sights on one more achievement, being the first ever Cheerleader of the Year.

“It would be a huge honor, especially being from a small school,” Lewis said about winning the award. “It’s not about where you go to school, it’s how you represent them and yourself. Winning would mean that I’ve gotten to represent my school in my own way.”

London will be continuing her athletic career at Butler Community College where she will be playing softball on scholarship. 

She plans to study pre-med with the hopes of being a high risk pregnancy sonographer.