Athlete Spotlight: LaToya Wright creates bonds in badminton and cheer


By Chuck Baumgartner, Editor

What sport(s) do you play/participate in?

Currently I play badminton and was in cheer at the beginning of the year. But I have participated in numerous sports throughout all four years of my high school career.

And how long have you been involved with each?

Technically, I have been playing badminton for four years, but sadly my sophomore season was cut short due to COVID. This year was my first year doing cheer in high school, but I was involved in cheer all through middle school.

Describe the badminton team: what sort of dynamic would you say the team has?

I would say the team is very hardworking and determined. We practice every day after school and on Saturdays. At every practice and game, the team shows up and gives it their all. We are able to have fun and let loose and still get focused and get our work done.

What has been your most memorable experience with the badminton team?

At one of the tournaments, I had to play against an opponent who I ended up having a little disagreement with. But my teammates and coaches were encouraging me not to escalate the situation and to be the better player. I ended up losing that game and getting second place overall. But I was still happy because that’s the moment I knew my team had my back no matter what.

If you could say anything to your fellow badminton team members and/or coaches, what would you say?

I would say thank you all for these past four years. I had an amazing time getting to know everyone and building friendships. Thank you for teaching me how to become a better player and also a better person in society. I will miss playing badminton and being a part of this great program. Thank you for making me feel loved and welcome and thank you for allowing me to be myself.

Are you a sideline cheerleader, a competitive cheerleader, or both?

I was both a sideline cheerleader and competitive cheerleader.

What was your role on WEGO’s cheer team?

I was a side and main base and also a backspot. I was always willing to be put in any position that was needed.

You are graduating this year: what did you enjoy most about your final season of cheer?

I enjoyed the special bond I was able to make with all the girls. It was truly a fun season and will miss everyone very much. I loved being able to joke around and have fun with all the girls. We always did our best and had fun doing so.

Do you have any advice for other students who are thinking about getting involved with cheer next year?

Definitely join cheer. Don’t be afraid to venture out and try something new. The girls are really nice and the coaches are very welcoming. It’s a fun sport and gives you something to look forward to after school. Cheer is a fun way to show your school spirit.

And finally, who has been your biggest supporter?

My older brother is definitely my biggest supporter. He tries to come to most of my games and encourages me to do my best. He always gives me tips on what I could improve on so that I’m even better next time. My brother is my number one fan.