Senior From Yelm High School Signs With WSU for Cheer

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 5/31/22

Azariah Carter said he has always been incredibly competitive.

That’s perhaps why Carter is so driven. Set to graduate this year, Carter will be one of the only NCAA D1 athletes from Yelm …

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Senior From Yelm High School Signs With WSU for Cheer

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Azariah Carter said he has always been incredibly competitive.

That’s perhaps why Carter is so driven. Set to graduate this year, Carter will be one of the only NCAA D1 athletes from Yelm High School as he moves on to the next level of competition in the fall.

Carter recently signed with Washington State University to be a member of their Pac-12 cheer squad. He plans to don the crimson and gray for the next four years.

“From BMX racing to cheerleading, I have always wanted to be the best,” Carter said. “This past year I joined an all-star cheerleading gym, Natural Venom All-Stars, where we would travel to compete in hopes of becoming national champions. Between high school and all-star, there were times where I was cheering up to 20 hours a week. I was surrounded by so many athletes who wanted to be the best, which made me grow an even deeper passion for cheerleading.”

Planning for the future, Carter took many factors into consideration when choosing a school to move on to. He said he wanted to prioritize his education by attending a university that truly suited him.

“I had two colleges that I wanted to attend: the University of Washington and Washington State University, which both being well-credited institutions made the decision even harder,” Carter said. “It ultimately came down to which team I felt would make me better as an athlete.”

The cheerleading recruiting process was a bit different than the stereotypical college recruitment process people can watch on TV. Carter said WSU offered him a spot on the squad after he attended a Washington State University cheer clinic.



“You attend an event such as a clinic or you reach out to the coaches and show them the skills you have, and it goes forward from there,” Carter said.

Carter has been cheering for three years. He was on a cheer squad that placed third at state in 2020.

“The experience has been amazing,” he said. “Getting to be around so many amazing individuals and personalities is what made the experience worth it.”

Carter said he was able to check out the WSU campus on multiple occasions, the first being for an FFA state competition in 2019. His two most recent visits were for WSU cheer recruitment clinics.

“I love the campus,” Carter said. “It is something and somewhere new. I am not too far from home but not too close either.”

Carter plans to double major in criminal justice/criminology and psychology. He hopes to become a criminal justice defense attorney.

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