Just like cheerleaders in the Physical World, Cheerleading Trainees at SLCS complete their training month by attending Panels.
Panel members might ask a trainee about almost anything. There will be questions on the use of the Cheermaster HUD. And questions like “why do you want to be a part of SLCS?”
The whole month of training: classes, games, and social events, is a time for trainees to meet members of the squad and to get to know each other.
Panels often make trainees nervous! I know I sure was! Still, that isn’t the intent, and a trainee shouldn’t be nervous. Be yourself, be engaged, and answer questions as best you can. Take the opportunity to ask the panel questions too. Use it as one more opportunity to learn about SLCS. To interact with squad members. And understand something of who they are and what SLCS means to them.
There were 6 of us in my Feb 2011 trainee class. Nicole, Alexis, Kitten & Lyric passed Panels first. My BCFF Abbie and I sat nervously in the locker room for 3 hours waiting our turn. Then someone said the Panel was too tired and we’d have to come back the next day. Oh goodie, another day of stress! The next day Abbie and I did pass. Since all 6 of us passed, I sorta thought everybody did. Turns out that’s not always true. Do your best, be awesome, and I hope you’ll be fine.
In the few panels I’ve participated in, I am always impressed and humbled by how seriously everyone takes the responsibility. All panel members have been very thoughtful and very conscientious about trying to understand what is best for the trainee, and what is best for the squad.
When a panel votes on a trainee, we are making a choice about one specific trainee. It might be less obvious, but with each trainee who Panels, we are also defining who we are. Panels are a test of what SLCS is. Of who we aspire to be.