HSU Cheer By: Jia Spangler

Athletics at Hardin-Simmons University are a great way to showcase some of the gifts and talents that students have. They are also a way for students to develop relationships with one another and encourage strong team bonds. One of the places that these things can be found in is cheerleading.


The HSU cheer team is a unique part of athletics because they are present at a variety of events. This year, Hardin-Simmons cheer has been a part of the pep rallies, after SING, tailgates, football games and yell practice.


“We are currently working towards learning new pyramids … and that has been my favorite part this year,” Jessica Vanlandingham, a junior biology major from Stephenville, said. The team certainly does more than just cheer on HSU athletic groups. They are also constantly learning new skills for their own team.


This year, the cheer team has one senior who will be graduating in May of 2023. Emily Wendlick, an elementary education major from Lubbock, is currently in her third year of being on the HSU cheer team. She has been cheering for 11 years, and even hopes to potentially coach cheer in the future.


“I love being a part of HSU cheer because it is like a family, and I love supporting the teams and Hardin-Simmons as a whole,” Wendlick said. In addition to cheer, Wendlick has been a part of the Baptist Student Ministry, Alpha Iota Omega and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.


Hardin-Simmons is truly proud of the talented students that continue to work hard to achieve their goals. The HSU cheer team does a wonderful job of this, and is a team that definitely showcases what the Hardin-Simmons community is all about.