The competition is fierce, and the feeling of rejection is devastating. That is why I have immense respect for the people who have overcome that temporary dejection, and come back again to try out the following year(s). It is heartwarming to know that at least one person has succeeded on their third attempt, inspiring everyone to stick to it, and never surrender.
That’s right: Follow your dreams, and don’t quit. This year there were several finalists that seemed (to me) quite worthy, and I hope they participate in the 2019 auditions. The rewards are totally worth it. I have spoken to dozens of Spirit Squad Alumni, and they ALL cherish their experience on the Squad.