North Cedar's Brittyn Wilhau does it all

HS journalism: Author appreciates senior's school spirit

North Cedar senior Brittyn Wilhau cheers loudly at one of the home football games this fall. Wilhau is captain of the varsity cheer squad. (Breylee St. John/North Cedar sophomore)
North Cedar senior Brittyn Wilhau cheers loudly at one of the home football games this fall. Wilhau is captain of the varsity cheer squad. (Breylee St. John/North Cedar sophomore)

CLARENCE — Despite such a busy schedule, North Cedar senior Brittyn Wilhau brings an amazing attitude and big smile everywhere she goes.

Over the course of her four years at North Cedar, Wilhau has been involved in cheerleading, track, cross country, band, choir, NHS, Quill and Scroll, yearbook, spring play, FBLA, speech, dance team, silver cord club and student council.

This is a student who goes out of her way to bring school spirit to all students who attend the activities at North Cedar.

As a starter for Knights’ volleyball team, I can speak for the entire team when I say it is so important to have that huge, loud student section to keep our energy up during our matches. Our home games have such an unforgettable energy and a lot of it comes from the student section doing cheers.

Who is starting those cheers in the student section every home game? Wilhau.

She is organizing themes and cheers for each home game. Does she have to? No. Wilhau chooses to because, even though she isn’t on the volleyball team, she wants to see us succeed.

On Friday nights for football games, Wilhau is on the cheer squad. Something she started this year was the spirit award. Each night before the football game, Wilhau gets a Mountain Dew and a pack of skittles and puts it in a North Cedar koozie. At the end of each home game’s third quarter, the cheer squad runs over to the student section to announce who had the most spirit that night. This again isn’t something she has to do, but an idea Wilhau had and followed through on to get students at the games more involved.

It doesn’t stop there.

Wilhau goes above and beyond to try to spread more school spirit throughout the school on all grade levels. She and the cheerleaders created locker signs for all the students. If you were involved in volleyball you had a volleyball with your name on it on your locker. If you were involved in NHS you had the NHS emblem and your name on your locker. Some had multiple signs and some had just one. Regardless if you had any or many, the school looked more united and felt like it had more pep.


Little things like this are what makes Wilhau such a special senior at North Cedar. Hopefully after graduation, an underclassmen will decide to try and fill Wilhau’s big shoes and continue a great tradition that has been started by this senior full of so much school spirit.



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