“Sobrang speechless po,” shared Adamson Pep Squad team captain Dwyeth Vergeire.
Vergeire and his squad bagged the 2017 Cheerdance Competition Gold medal for Adamson, the first in the school’s history. And, to top that, along with a slew of other special awards, Adamson also took home the Silver medal in the Group Stunts competition– another first in the school’s history.
“Parang proud po ako sa sarili ko kasi, as my last year this season, parang naging part pa talaga akong maging champion yung team,” Vegeire said on being part of the historic victory.
The achievements are also something the graduating Financial Management student holds dear especially looking back to his humble days starting off as a cheerleader in high school in Baroy, Lanao Del Norte. “Sobrang proud ko sa sarili ko. Hindi ko ine-expect na kaya ko pala ‘yung ganon.” Vergeire reflected.
For him, all of the squad’s efforts have paid off especially their everyday practices that started as early as a couple months ago. “Simula nung summer po, talaga nag-start na po si Coach kasi yun nga goal ni coach, mag-maintain kami sa podium so sinimulan niya po mag-prepare ng maaga.” Vergeire said of the squad’s buildup to the competition especially since placing third place last year. “Yung iba sa amin nahihirapan, halos quit na nga po e kung tutuusin pero dahil sa love nila sa team and gusto nilang mag-compete sa UAAP parang kinain po talaga nila yung pride para sa school.”
Even with all the lofty achievements though, Vergeire keeps his feet grounded as he deflects credit to his coaches. “Si Coach Jam (Lorenzo) napaka-sipag po talaga. ‘Di po nagkulang sa amin sa remind before performing and ‘di nag-kulang sa support. Si Coach Jam, si Coach Mav (Caday) tsaka si Sir (Rommel) Tilbe, ‘di po talga nagkulang sa amin.” the soft-spoken Vergeire said. “(And) si Coach Jam talaga ‘yung tatak nung pagco-coach niya is finocus niya talaga kami.”
The squad was so focused in fact that during the competition itself that, according to him, the team was as locked in as they ever could be. “May sarili po kaming mundo nung competition, dun lang po kami sa sulok focused on what we are doing tapos focused para mabuo ‘yung routine.”
And, through all their sacrifices, it all paid off. “After nung performance namin, parang nag-hug lang kami lahat kasi alam naming wala kaming mistakes.”
But even with the spotless routine, he claims that the squad was still unsure of what the outcome would be. “Ang nasa isip lang naming siguro may kasunod na ‘tong medal tsaka trophy kasi, ‘yun nga, wala kaming flaws.” Vergeire said. “Sa totoo po ‘di po kami nage-expect na kumuha ng trophy or medal.”
“Ang pinaka-goal po talaga namin sa team is win hearts, ‘pag nanalo po kami sa puso ng lahat, sususnod na po ‘yung mga trophies tsaka medals,” he says.
They did win hearts. And, with Dwyeth Vegeire graduating in a couple of months, he brings with him one medal from last year, two medals from this year and leaves the school with a historic legacy as the team captain of the first– and hopefully many more– Adamson Pep Squad Gold medal team.