Take Five with Mia Healy

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This week we Take Five with Mia Healy, a freshman at West Milford high School who is a member of the cheering team. Mia admits that cheering can be physically grueling at times, but she wouldn't trade it for the world. Be sure to go to our Web site, westmilfordmessenger.com, for our Bonus Five with Mia.

Name: Mia Healy
Age: 15
School/Grade: West Milford High school, Freshmen

Activity/Sport: Cheerleading

1) How did you get involved with cheerleading?

I got involved with cheer when I was about 7 years old because my best friend was doing it, so we both decided to give it a try and ever since then I've loved it and had such a huge passion for it

2) What would most people be surprised to know about cheerleading?

People would be surprised to know that cheering involves so much physical activity and stamina. Some people just see it as "dancing" around, but if someone ever came to our practice and tried what we do... They'd pass out at the end.

3) Share a favorite moment with your team.

I can't just pick one favorite moment with my team, because every moment is the best and my Coach, "Aunt Magola," makes every practice so fun, but one memorable moment was going to our very first competition on Jan. 25 at Emerson High School and winning first place!

4) What is your favorite movie, book or character and why?

My favorite movie is "The Notebook." I think it's such a cute love story between a girl named Allie and a boy named Noah. It has such good plot; it's by far my favorite movie ever.

5) Share something no one knows about you.

Something not a lot of people know about me is when I was 7 years old my dad became a Marine in the United States Marine Corps and he was stationed in California, so I moved to California and stayed there for about 3-4 years and then moved back to West Milford when I was around 10 years old; the experience was amazing(:

So, Mia, you left the California sun to come back to West Milford. We're glad you did! Keep on cheering!

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Bonus Five

6) Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my family and friends. My family always believes in me and everything I do and my friends always push me to try my best; the one friend who is always there no matter what and always gets me to try 10 times harder is Karylin Ireland. She shows me that no matter what, I can do it.

7) Who is your favorite teacher of all time and why?

My favorite teacher of all time is my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Bond. She's so down to earth and nice

8) Name three things you would bring with you if you were on a deserted island.

Three things I would bring with me to a deserted island would be a boy, a cooler filled with food and a magical genie who could grant me wishes.

9) What does being a Highlander mean to you?

Being a Highlander to me means supporting West Milford and representing our town the best I can at competitions and games.

10) What do you do with your time when you are not cheerleading?

When I'm not doing cheer, I'm always with my friends. I love going to the mall with them and just hanging out

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