Roos Get Hyped for TV Morning Show

Hundreds of KHS students and staff showed off their spirit for TV show
By: Todd Martin
The cheering started early and stayed loud when hundreds of Killeen High School students and staff members showed off their Roo pride for a whole regional viewing audience to see.
The Roos, dressed in full-on maroon-and-white uniforms and spirit gear spread across the learning stairs at one end of the school cafeteria and cheered their way through the KXXV News Channel 25 morning show.
Between sessions of cheering, playing the school song, performances from cheerleaders, Kangarettes and color guard, morning news anchor Joey Horta conducted live interviews with school leaders.
Superintendent John Craft shared the excitement of starting a new school year and the continuing priority of following safety procedures and filling learning gaps. He also cheered along with the Roos.
Principal Kara Trevino explained the school’s tight-knit family atmosphere. This year’s theme, F.A.M.I.L.Y. means Forget About Me I Love You.
Assistant Principal Matt Widacki focused on the school’s $100 million renovation and addition project that includes 12 new classrooms and a completed girls athletics locker room that just opened. The new boys’ athletics areas are set to open later in the fall.

The new Roos Athletic Coordinator Josh Sadler also shared excitement for the coming football season and all the athletic teams. He and about 50 football players led a chant during the broadcast.
Killeen High School sophomore cheerleader Destiny Perez expressed excitement to get the year started.
“Being a cheerleader is amazing. It’s super fun. We have a strong bond like a family,” she said during a pause in the broadcast. “I love this school and I love being able to help people.”

Killeen High School senior Elijah Johnson is colonel of the Kangarettes dance team. He said he was the first male dance team leader ever in all of KISD.
“It’s not for the weak of heart,” he said of cheering and performing in front of a crowd. “You have to be dedicated to it. You get to represent the school and not just yourself.”
“You get into the moment and have a lot of fun.”
“We want the best for our school and it makes a big impact when you show up.”
“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Trevino after the two-hour morning show ended. “This is an example of what we say all the time that Roo pride is justified. This is absolutely a testimony to that.”
“They showed up in mass,” said Widacki. “This school is the oldest and best, the original and we take a lot of pride in that. There are so many great things happening here. We just have really, great kids.”
He reminded the group of students that a big event coming up – the Roos first football game of the season is next week – Friday, Aug. 26 at the new Joseph L. Searles Stadium. That matchup begins with a dedication of the new stadium at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s exciting and also nerve racking,” said Perez of standing in front of a packed stadium. “Everyone is screaming. It’s loud, exciting and tiring. We put in a lot of hard work and it’s worth it to see everybody together.”
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Johnson. “Friday Night Lights is something I look forward to. We bond as a team and meet the other teams. It’s fun and it’s thrilling.”