SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Alexa Hologounis has had a lot to cheer about during her time as a Charger. The Helmetta native made the varsity cheerleading squad as a freshman and served as captain for her final season. In addition to cheerleading, Hologounis was a member of the winter and spring track teams as well as a part of the Community Service Club, the Math League and Girls Learn International. The National Honor Society member was awarded the Leadership Award by Spotswood High School varsity cheerleading coach Colleen Meyers at the annual fall sports banquet.
Hologounis was asked to represent Spotswood High School at the annual Autoland Classic Football Game in July along with four other members of the varsity squad. The game showcases senior football players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union Counties. This year's much-anticipated matchup was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Unfortunately, I will not get one last chance to wear my cheer uniform and represent my school and make Ms. Meyers proud," Hologounis said. "I have been looking forward to that moment since freshman year and when I heard it was canceled I was very upset. Not being able to experience what the cheerleaders before me have is devastating."
In November, along with teammate and best friend Morgan Taylor, Hologounis represented Spotswood High School at the Varsity Spectacular Parade in Orlando, Florida. The pair paraded down Main Street USA with 800 other high school cheerleaders from 42 states around the US.
Hologounis' favorite class, Criminal Justice, was a strong influence on her. It helped determine the career path she would like to follow. Hologounis plans on majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensic science at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.
It's not a coincidence that the teacher of the influential class, Matthew Merrigan, is also her favorite teacher.
Like Merrigan, her varsity cheerleading coach, Colleen Meyers also had a big impact on Hologounis while at Spotswood High School.
Her four Spotswood High School Spirit Weeks hold special memories for Hologounis, but her final cheer season will always occupy a treasured place in her heart.
Like fellow members of the Spotswood High School Class of 2020, Hologounis is saddened by the sudden turn senior year has taken because of the coronavirus pandemic.