Ciara Relives Her Cheerleading-Captain Days On 'When I Was 17'

'It was big, like, 'OK, we in the house right now,' ' the singer says in the latest episode.

As we've seen from several episodes of "When I Was 17," some of the biggest stars spent their high school years as awkward social misfits. Not [artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist], though. The "Ride" singer reveals on the latest episode of the series, airing Saturday at 11 a.m., that she was far from a geeky wallflower. The singer known for bringing the heat with her skillful dance moves brought the same undeniable spirit to her high school's cheerleading squad.

"I loved cheerleading — dancing, the game, the excitement, the energy — just everything was fun about it to me," Ciara enthuses.

The ATL princess' powerhouse energy and limber footwork are apparently assets she's been honing for years. But Ciara wasn't just a cheerleader: She was apparently so good at the whole pom-pom waving, high-kicking, cheer-hollering thing that she ended up running the team.

"I was really excited when I was elected captain my senior year," Cici said, giddily reliving the memory. "It was big, like, 'OK, we in the house right now.' "

Although Ciara was at the top of the cheerleading game, she had big dreams and left the sidelines of her high school matches for the nonstop action of superstardom.

"Unfortunately, I couldn't be as involved as I wanted to be because it was a year when my music started to become even more important to me," the star revealed.

She may have given up her pom-poms, but focusing on her music obviously paid off.

"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Ciara, CC Sabathia and Debi Nova — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.