Kentlake High School’s Taye Ansah, cheer, was selected as the Covington Maple Valley Reporter’s Male Athlete of the Week for March 29.
Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: Identity studies
Q: What other activities do you participate in?
A: Besides cheer, I love to dance and model.
Q: Person who has helped you succeed the most?
A: My mom — she has been there since the beginning of my cheer journey and helped me get through times where I didn’t want to do it anymore.
Q: Do you have a pre- or postgame tradition? What is it?
A: Before games, I ride in the car with other cheerleaders jamming out to music to pump ourselves up for the game ahead.
Q: Song you currently can’t get enough of?
A: “Faucet Failure,” by Ski Mask the Slump God
From the Sideline
“On March 23, Taye Ansah was named a member of the Washington All-State Cheerleading Team. He was one of 159 individuals that tried out for the team — only 15 were chosen. Taye placed first overall in the jump and hip hop dance category. This is an outstanding accomplishment for this graduating senior and current Kentlake cheerleading team captain. He has been a tremendous leader this year, gaining the trust and respect of his teammates. He is an incredible athlete and cheerleader. Taye was recently voted Most Valuable Cheerleader for the 2018-2019 season and also received the Team Recognition Award voted solely on by members of the cheer team.”