Randa Hernden, daughter of Ken and Shannon Hernden, is a senior at Fairview High School and a member of the varsity cheer team.
She got her start cheering after genuine interest and persuasion from Fairview cheer coaches. She said she had always been interested in trying it out and was easily talked into it by the coaches.
Of her accomplishments, she said what her team was able to pull off the week of Homecoming was by far the best.
“The week of Homecoming, we had to rework our whole routine due to losing a team member. It was stressful, but we got through it. Then, the day before Homecoming, we were running through and had a girl break her nose and we had to rework in a matter of hours,” Hernden said. “We worked hard and got through it. It was the best performance of my life.”
One of her biggest inspirations and role models is Mrs. Saliga, one of her teachers.
“She is who inspired me to want to be a teacher and keeps me doing my best,” she said.
One of Hernden’s coaches said of her, “Not only is Randa always upbeat and excited, she is dependable. She is a go-to in times of need. As a senior, she has been a fantastic leader.”
After finishing at FHS, Hernden plans to attend Columbia State for two years and then make the move to Austin Peay University to pursue a math education degree.