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Sam Has Something Extra
By Colleen Messina
1 "Go, team, go!" shouted Sam as she tossed her purple pom poms into the air. Her face was flushed with school spirit. Her best friend Beth thought Sam overdid things a little bit.
2 "That looks great, but you don't need to be quite so crazy. You don't have to toss your pom poms quite so high into the air! After all, we're trying out for cheerleading. We're not running for president or something!" said Beth.
3 The two girls wanted to be on the cheerleading squad, but they were opposites in many ways. Beth was lean and muscular. She had a natural grace that made her excel in sports. Her sleek blond hair, which she wore in a ponytail, swung jauntily behind her head like a shiny tail. Beth secretly thought that she would make the squad easily. She had doubts about Sam, however. Poor Sam would be so disappointed when Beth made the squad.
4 Sam, which was short for Samantha, was short and stocky. Her frizzy brown hair never did what it was told. Even now, stray strands of curls swirled around her face in rebellion against Sam's purple ponytail holder. However, most people didn't think much about Sam's frizzy hair. They noticed Sam's bright smile and easygoing nature.
5 Then Beth went through the tryout routine. Sam had nothing to say. Her performance was as perfect as her smile. Sam had a sinking feeling in her stomach that Beth would be making the squad. Maybe Beth was right; Sam put a little too much effort into her routine. Maybe she should calm down a bit, as Beth had suggested, and make her cheering seem more effortless.
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