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Santa Maria High grad Yeimi Baez readies to cheer at Tiffin University in Ohio
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Santa Maria High grad Yeimi Baez readies to cheer at Tiffin University in Ohio

Yeimi Baez was interested in Tiffin University. The school’s cheer coach, Katelyn Moore, was interested in having Baez on the Tiffin cheer squad.

Thus Baez, who graduated from Santa Maria High School this spring, will attend Tiffin and be on the school’s cheer team in the 2020-21 school year.

“I’ll be on the (Tiffin) stunt team and the cheer team,” said Baez.

Tiffin University is a private school located in Tiffin, Ohio. Baez said she earned a partial cheer scholarship to go there.

“I also received a few other scholarships to go to Tiffin,” including a 2020 President Scholarship, worth $13,000, because of her academic marks at Santa Maria, said Baez.

“(Tiffin) reached out to me last year,” Baez followed up, and she decided to attend Tiffin.

“The year before that, (the Santa Maria cheer squad) competed in the World Class Cheer Competition at Knott’s Berry Farm, and we won,” said Baez.

The Santa Maria High graduate said, “I started following Tiffin on the World Class Cheer page, and I was really impressed with the school.

“(Moore) texted me about a month ago. I did my research on them, I liked it,” and Baez decided to make Tiffin the next stop in her educational career.

Baez said Santa Maria’s cheer coach, Saryna Solano, nominated her for the World Class Cheer scholarship, “and that’s how (Moore) found me.”

Baez said Moore has followed up when it comes to communicating with her.

“She’s been in touch with me, giving me information about what’s going on with the school, orientations and so forth.“ The enrollment for the 2019 Tiffin fall semester was 3,013. Baez said the school will be able to hold in-person classes during the 2020 fall semester in the midst of the COVID-19 virus.

“The school has been really good about (social) distancing, working with smaller numbers of people. Their small size helps them.

“(Tiffin has) actually been very organized as far as having distance guidelines,” said Baez. “They’re setting up orientation for smaller groups.”

The Santa Maria High School graduate said she has been able to take a virtual tour of the Tiffin campus.

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“I have a lot of videos, websites and I really like the campus.” Baez said at press time. “I have a virtual orientation (coming up).”

Baez said she realizes that she might be required to take a test for the COVID-19 virus upon arriving at Tiffin.

“I’m waiting to ask about that, I’m pretty sure they’ll be looking at that since I’ll be coming from California.”

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Baez said she became active in athletics in middle school.

“I tried to really become more involved,” as her high school career went along, said Baez.

“I’ve been on ASB (at Santa Maria High School), I was a confirmation leader at my church, where I opened up the Glow Jesus Club with a friend. I was the cheer captain at Santa Maria my junior and senior years.

“I feel like I’ve been very dependent on my parents, and I’m really excited for this new experience and getting out of my comfort zone,” said Baez.

Tiffin’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA’s Division II.

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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

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