The name Dominique Perla might ring a bell for some people that are familiar with the athletic landscape at Leominster High School.
She was a four-year varsity cheerleader at the school, as the program reached new heights during her tenure, including winning national, regional and state competitions. The Leominster native extended her career at Westfield State University, and is picking off right where she left off.
Perla was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to reflect on her superb career as a Blue Devil, while talking about her adjustment to her coveted sport at the collegiate level.
Q: How old were you when you started competing as a cheerleader, and what pushed you into the sport?
A: I was about 4 years old when I started cheerleading. I cheered at a place called Cheer Central Stormz, which no longer exists. I had previously danced before and one of my friends said that they were going to try something new so I thought I would too.
Q: What is the most enjoyable part of the sport, and what is the most difficult?
A: The most enjoyable part of cheering is easily stunting. All my life, stunting has always been my favorite because there is no better feeling than hitting a stunt you have been striving for with your group. The most difficult part of cheering is tumbling.
Q: What are you studying in college, and what are your career aspirations?
A: I am currently in as a psychology major, but will be switching to a major that I could pursue a job in the medical field with. I would like to go to PA school to become a physician assistant.
Q: Could you talk about your cheerleading career at Leominster High?
A: I was on the Leominster varsity cheerleading team since my freshman year in high school. We won a variety of competitions every year, including Mid-Wach, and the regional, state and national championships. A personal accomplishment of mine was being named one of the captains senior year.
Q: How has your transition been to…