1. Sage
    Sage October 4, 2018 at 11:30 am | | Reply

    We all like the bow. This was so great. Go Hilltoppers!

  2. Karen Grace
    Karen Grace October 5, 2018 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    This was a great one Erika…so refreshing in these times listening to girls talking about wanting to be taken seriously and not sexualized.

  3. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien October 7, 2018 at 7:24 pm | | Reply

    I love these cheerleaders! i want to be you!

  4. Stan
    Stan October 8, 2018 at 6:18 am | | Reply

    R. U. M. B. LE. Strip! GO!!!!!! Thanks for another great show. I was wondering if you had gone mad, but then I listened, and was reassured, once again, that you are genius, Erica Heilman. We don’t have cheerleading in Australia, certainly not in Tasmania, so my idea of cheerleading and cheerleaders comes from the worst kind of American Movies With Cheerleaders.
    But this show, I was pepped, I was so motivated, I wanted to go out there and give it all I had! Go team.

    Also, the Honey Road Sponsorship; I like it a lot. If it wasn’t 5000 miles away, I’d eat there for sure purely on your recommendation.
    By contrast I recently tried to listen to ‘Dr Death’ (I know, what was I thinking), a podcast about a super-intelligent PhD who turns out to be the world’s worst neurosurgeon, and the ads on that were like ear-torture – cruel and unusual and insulting. My one star review on iTunes says I will never engage with any of the companies mentioned.

  5. Bill N
    Bill N October 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm | | Reply

    Greetings, I’ve been a fan for over a year and have enjoyed nearly all your podcasts, not only because I live in Montpelier. You generally have interesting topics and 100% professional production. This episode is among my favorites, great work in portraying teen girls in such a positive and affirming way. Keep up the great work.

  6. Mike Donovan
    Mike Donovan October 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the great podcast on cheering and pep chapel. I have taught at the school for a long while, and was a scientist for 30 years before that. My wife and I moved here just so our kids could go to this school. The kids are sincere and kind, and it is a kind of postcard town. The school is modern, but the spirit reminds me of an earlier time. You should really come back to the parade, bonfire, and town-wide pizza party this Friday night starting at 7. It is unlike anything else I know of. Thanks again. Mike Donovan, science faculty

  7. Andrea Ledger
    Andrea Ledger October 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm | | Reply

    Just recommended this episode to my St. Paul MN podcast club. We can all use a little bit of this joyfulness in our lives right now.

  8. Laura Nelson
    Laura Nelson November 12, 2018 at 7:05 pm | | Reply

    I’m 28 years old and it wasn’t until I listened to this episode that I learned what cheerleaders do. I mean, what they are really doing out there. They are teenagers creating magic for a group of other teenagers. Until I listened to this episode I felt pretty neutral about cheerleading, but the young women you interviewed made me feel inspired by their commitment to encouraging each other and their community. I live in Minnesota, but I’d honored to hang out with them and learn some cheers at pep chapel. Thanks Erica.

  9. Julian Grant
    Julian Grant May 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm | | Reply

    What a wonderful story. I graduated from St J not all that long ago (‘12), and still remember the overwhelming and exhilarating roar of the first pep chapel of freshman year. The chants and the stomping and brass band in the corner and all the teams sitting out on the court, each in their distinctive team jackets… it was probably the most exciting thing I’d seen in my whole life! That enthusiasm gave way to ironic detachment as the years went on, but while listening to this episode I caught myself humming along and wiggling in my chair to some of the cheers. I was also struck by the pride and strength that came through in the cheerleaders’ voices – as always, a really warm and dignified portrayal of people.

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