VERMILION -- As football once again fills the air at Vermilion High School, one student couldn't wait for Friday night.
Varsity cheerleader Emily Lezon is looking forward to her senior year on the sidelines. She has cerebral palsy, but that hasn't stopped her from cheering all four years of high school.
"First of all, I love being with my friends and seeing the crowd," Emily says.
But a week before the beginning of the season, it was unclear whether Emily would make it to the first game.
She was recovering from emergency brain surgergy at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. With football around the corner, she gave her doctors a message.
"I told them I wanted to go back to school, and I need to be back by Friday," she explains.
And she made it.
She was there for the first day of school on Tuesday and will be under the Friday night lights alongside her fellow cheerleaders.
"She's awesome in every way possible," says senior cheerleader Hannah Sharpe. "She's amazing. It's a lot of fun to have her on the squad with us."
"She's so fun to be around and very loud and energetic," adds senior cheerleader Amber Bailey. "And a really good friend."
That's a feeling that's returned.
"I love them all," says Emily. "They're just really fun to be around."