El Reno’s Peyton York – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates

By Jordan Edwards 

Peyton York is a senior varsity cheerleader at El Reno High School. She has been a part of school cheer for four years and has cheered competitively for eight years. 

York loves many aspects about cheer but one stands out above the rest.

“My favorite part about cheer are the bonds you make with people,” York said. “You become friends with so many kids who you never would have spoken to in any other situation. Cheer brings people together and shows you how hard you can push yourself with the people you love encouraging you right by your side.”

Being a teammate is extremely important to York and she believes that is what makes her sport so important. 

“To be a teammate means to hold the rope. You have to pull your weight on the team and do your job, and if a friend is slacking, you have to help them hold their own rope,” York said. 

“Being a teammate is developing a family bond with the people you compete with and having their back no matter what. It’s encouraging each other that they can do it even when you think you can’t push yourself any further. Teammates will pick each other up and hold each other accountable all while having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

There have been many influential people in York’s cheer career but the people who have pushed her the most were her competitive coaches at Twist and Shout.

‘They pushed me to my limit and further because they always knew I could handle it,” York said. “They taught me you can always handle whatever comes at you and more. While being one of their athletes, I was shown that your mindset matters so much more than you could ever know. I used to roll my eyes when they would say ‘mind over matter’, but now I know more than ever that it’s true!”

After high school York will attend Oklahoma City University and will be a member for their competitive cheer and STUNT team. She plans on majoring in Elementary Education and hopefully minor in theatre.