Senior Athlete Spotlight: Hana Hernandez

When a friend’s mom started a cheerleading team at Hana Hernandez’s elementary school, Hernandez’s mom suggested that as a gymnast, she might enjoy cheer. Hernandez’s mom was certainly right. Ten years later, Hernandez is a captain of the Varsity Cheerleading team at Palmer Trinity and enjoying her seventh year within the program. Throughout her time in the program, Head Coach Patty Gassenheimer describes Hernandez as an integral member of the team, stating “her immense dedication to the team and her passion for cheer are evident with her great attitude and incredible work ethic.”

Hernandez, believes that while she has always been competitive and hard-working, she really stepped up as a team leader as she has grown as a varsity athlete. As a junior, she stepped in to help lead and run practices when a captain was absent and she is now thriving in a captain
role as a senior. Gassenheimer is proud of the way Hernandez is always positive and believes she is a prime example of how to be a leader both on and off the field and always represents Palmer Trinity in the best light.

Hernandez has also worked hard to ensure that underclassmen feel welcomed, involved, and up to date on everything cheer related. As a former middle schooler on the varsity team, Hernandez knows better than anyone the importance of feeling as part of the team and acknowledges how difficult it can be to keep up in terms of skills, performance, and techniques.
Additionally, she is proud of the bond the team has formed. From the beginning of summer
practices, the Varsity Cheer team forms a very close connection that only strengthens with each
practice, stunt, and routine.

Outside of Cheer, Hernandez enjoys reading, writing, playing the guitar, and making art. Her favorite type of cuisine is Mexican, favorite movie is Pitch Perfect, favorite artist is Taylor Swift, and her fun fact is that she is a Virgo. In the community, Hernandez is an active volunteer in Twenty Little Working Girls, a community service organization that volunteers in many different tasks, from gardening at The Underline in Brickell to serving the homeless at the Chapman Partnership. Hernandez is also in the process of applying to multiple colleges and universities as she seeks to study Anthropology and Gender Studies at a liberal arts school in the northeast. Be sure to come out and support Hana and the rest of the Varsity Cheer team as she performs at the Homecoming game and on Senior Day on Friday, October 13th at 4:00 pm.
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