“He came to practice and everyone loved him,” Jordan said. “After that, he was serious about it.”
Jordan Daigle, 17, said Tom has a lot of drive.
“He wants to win more than anyone else in the world,” she said. “He’s a great teammate and friend.”
Senior Ashley Hillard has known Tom since middle school and said he’s the glue that keeps the cheer team together.
“Everyone screams his name at games,” she said. “Without him, it’s not the same.”
McCarty said everyone on her team always gives their best and works hard to earn their success.
“We are very happy and very proud of the kids,” McCarty said of her team. “We have tough expectations to meet and they certainly rose to the occasion. I am so proud and my heart is so full.”
She said knowing her five seniors are going leaving with so much success behind them makes her extra happy, especially following Sunday’s big win.
“Each of the coaches were in tears watching the seniors close out their journey on top,” she said. “They are an amazing and irreplaceable five-some. They are very talented and they work hard for me.”
McCarty said many younger athletes look up to Tom for his drive, his passion for the sport and for being a perfect role model. Boys who someday hope to be part of a successful cheer team can learn a lot from him.
“I’ve watched Tom for four years, I’ve watched his success,” she said. “He’s selfless and has that rare quality for wanting to leave the team better after he’s gone. He’s also literally changed the scope of New Hampshire cheerleading.”
For Tom, being part of a strong team and making great friendships is all part of the game. He will head to Texas Tech in the fall to study marketing and, he hopes, continue to cheer.
“My team looks up to me,” he said. “Being a boy, it makes you feel good.”