Cheerful Prospects

Basquill-by-Ron-DubickCheerleader Kristen Basquill has mastered the art of time management. A senior at Oxford High School in Lincoln University, Pa., Basquill has competed six times at Cheerleading Worlds, hosted by the U.S. All Star Federation. She’s a 2012 silver medalist and 2014 bronze medalist, and was featured in The Cheer Leader Magazine as Junior Cheerleader of the Year for All Star Cheerleading. Basquill and her stunt partner, Ryan Hertz, qualified to compete in January at the UCA College National Partner Stunt Championship, and they’re ranked fifth in the nation. Suffice it to say that balancing schoolwork with the physical demands of cheerleading would exhaust most teenagers. But Basquill also happens to be dual enrolled as a freshman at Wilmington University.

The teen applied to WilmU because she was offered the opportunity to be dual enrolled in both high school and college, and also earned a WilmU cheerleading scholarship. This means that she can take her required classes for her senior year in high school at WilmU while earning college credit. When she graduates from high school with 30 college credits, she will be a year ahead in her college career, with an expected graduation date of May 2018.

Her dual enrollment plan will earn her more ink in The Cheer Leader Magazine. “I always stayed in touch with the editor and owner,” she says, adding that her college program intrigued the editor.

Basquill wants it all. In the short term, she’d like to win a college nationals ring and the stunt partner competition. Beyond that, the education major wants to teach math and inspire her students to develop confidence in the subject. “Of course,” she says, “I would love to meet the man of my dreams, have a family and live happily ever after, too.” (To learn more about dual enrollment programs, contact Aaron Stafford at aaron.m.stafford@wilmu.edu.) WU