As the embodiment of school spirit, Cape Henry Collegiate Varsity Cheerleading is a mainstay of Winter Athletics, spreading cheer and positive vibes throughout all of the winter sports. Captaining the 16-member roster, this weeks’ Athlete of the Week, senior captain Milena Pulley, has exemplified a selfless demeanor and has continued to cultivate an inclusive environment throughout her final year with Dolphin Cheerleading. Whether supporting Varsity Swim and Varsity Wrestling events or holding their place on the west baseline for Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball, Milena Pulley and the rest of the Dolphin Cheerleaders have continued to represent Dolphin Athletics with class while boasting unrelenting smiles.
“Milena Pulley has been a wonderful captain for the Varsity Cheerleaders this season,” Head Coach Julie Ramsey began of Milena Pulley. “After numerous seasons with Varsity Cheer, Milena took it upon herself to add multiple new cheers to our team’s cheer rotation in 2020.”
Battling a devastating knee injury in 2019, Milena could have just as easily taken the season off last year to recover and rehabilitate. Instead, Pulley remained a part of the Varsity Cheer program in 2019, serving as the team manager. Consistently encouraging her teammates despite the frustration of a season-ending injury, Pulley learned to spot the areas the Dolphin Cheerleaders could improve. Heading into the 2020 season with a healthy knee, Milena proved this is exactly, entering the current season with numerous new cheers to surprise the Dolphin faithful. Led by Pulley’s commitment to the Dolphin spirit, Cape Henry Collegiate’s student section is arguably at its best when in combination with the incredible efforts from the west baseline of the Alfred T. Taylor Field House.
“Milena is a quiet leader. However, when she speaks, everyone listens,” Head Coach Ramsey continued of Pulley. “She consistently leads by example, and her example is perfect!”
On display this past weekend, the Dolphins traveled to Norfolk Collegiate for the TCIS Cheerleading Showcase. Competing with the remaining cheerleaders around the conference, Cape Henry Collegiate displayed the season’s efforts with a brand new choreography while boasting the Dolphin favorites. As a result, the Dolphins returned home with the award for best choreography after providing the conference with what was noted as one of the most professional, classy, and athletic routines of the day. Continuing to add to the Dolphins’ award mantel, Milena Pulley continued to impress not only the Dolphin faithful but the conference at large. With the night coming to a close on February 15, Pulley returned home with the “Senior Jump Technique” award for her efforts throughout the showcase and season as a whole.
“There are not enough words to do this young woman justice. Milena is a dedicated cheerleader, an exemplary student, a kind friend, but most importantly, a good person,” Head Coach Julie Ramsey finished of Pulley.
The Dolphin Cheerleaders will undoubtedly miss the warm smile Milena displayed day-in and day-out as she graduates in the Spring of 2020. Still, the lessons, attitude, and work-ethic she presented will live on with the younger members of Varsity Cheer for many years to come. As the Varsity Cheerleading team prepares for the final Basketball games of the year, Cape Henry is poised to view Pulley in action for the final home game of the year in the DI State Tournament, with the Dolphins likely hosting the Quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday, February 26.