Summit Christian’s Tori Kostas – Cheer Spotlight Presented By Tulsa Bone & Joint

By Derrick Smith

There are many things that go into being a successful athlete. While all the work and preparation are important, team chemistry can play a big role in whether the team succeeds or fails. Tori Kostas says that her success is because of a combination of things.

“For me, it has taken commitment, hard work, and leadership to be successful,” she said. “I love the sport for more reasons than just cheering at a football or basketball game; I love my team. I love the sisterhood I’ve developed over the past three years and the memories I will keep forever.”

Kostas is a senior at Summit Christian Academy. She has served as the captain of the cheer team for two years. She is also a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and SCA Praise and Worship.

There have been people who have influenced Tori’s life through the years, but there are a few who have made the biggest impacts.

“My mom is my biggest role model,” she said. “She has always taught me to work very hard and has been my biggest cheerleader. My pastor, Ron Woods, has loved, encouraged, and supported me throughout my entire school career. And of course, Shari Lewis, my forever voice coach. She doesn’t just push me to be a great singer, she believes in me as a young human. Her ability to bless me with her invaluable life lessons over the years, is something I will always love her for and cherish forever.”

While Kostas enjoys cheering, she says that the friendships she has built are the best memories.

“My best memories are the relationships I’ve had the opportunity to form through my school, teammates and staff,” she said. “My cheer squad is filled with the most encouraging team that fills each other with uplifting support all the time. As well, my cheer coach, Angel Slingerland, has always encouraged each of us and taught us the value of hard work. She has always been such a support to me personally in so many aspects of my life and I will love her forever.”