Take Five with Ashleigh Zschoche

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Welcome back to Take Five where we chat with one of West Milford's outstanding young people. This week we meet up with Ashleigh Zschoche, a senior who talks about her cheerleading. Ashley has some pretty diverse activities and a crush on one particular mouse. Be sure to go to westmilfordmessenger.com for our bonus five with Ashleigh.

Name: Ashleigh Zschoche

Age: 17

School/Grade: West Milford High School Grade 12

Activity: Cheerleading

1. How did you get involved with cheerleading?

When I was little, my mom signed me up for a bunch of different sports. This gave me the opportunity to try different things so I could decide which I liked the best.

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

My coach. Krista dedicates herself to our team. She is like a second mother who believes in us and pushes us. She believes in our ability and never lets us down. Her strength is contagious. She is an all around amazing woman.

3. Who is your favorite teacher of all time? Why?

This is tough… I’d have to say Mr. (Ryan) Heerschap. He goes above and beyond to help each and every one of his students - current and past. When I was struggling with algebra 2, he spent time helping me even though he was not my teacher at the time. He adds humor to teaching and I feel that enjoying a class helps with what you take away from that class.

4. What is your favorite movie, book or character? Why?

My favorite character is Minnie Mouse! I made my first trip to Walt Disney World at just seven months old. From that moment I was hooked. I have visited my special place 39 more times since that first visit. I always found myself fascinated by her.

5. Share something no one knows about you.

I truly enjoy surfing. I took a lesson while on a family vacation in Hawaii and picked it up quickly. I look forward to spending more time riding waves!

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6. What would most people be surprised to know about cheerleading?

We are truly a family. We are a two-season sport and through both seasons we spend more time together than we do with our families.

7. Name three things you would bring with you if you were on a deserted island?

I would bring food, a cell phone with an endless battery supply and wifi, and my dog, Meeko!

8. Share a favorite moment with your team.

My favorite moment with my team was at Reach the Beach National in Ocean City. It was my first Nationals trip and we went there on a mission. I was pleased with the performance we put out. We cheered our hearts out and definitely put our best of the season on that mat.

9. What does being a Highlander mean to you?

Being a Highlander means showing outstanding school spirit while displaying respect and true sportsmanship. It mean representing our school and our community.

10. What do you do with your time, when you are not cheering?

When I am not cheering, I spend time studying, working at Dunkin' Donuts and enjoying time with my family.

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