NCA College Senior Spotlight

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“This is just the beginning of the incredible journey that is still to come.”

Seniors, you have led your teams well. You have spent time, energy and effort making sure your team is confident to take the field or competition mat. You have set the example for your team to follow your lead, years after you have graduated. You have left your legacy, and we want to thank you.

With the cancellation of the NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, we want to honor the seniors that have given their all to their team throughout their time as a college cheerleader. Thank you to the coaches who nominated their seniors to be recognized.

Alma College

Name: Gabby Saum
College: Alma College
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2x STUNT All-American 2017, NCA National Champion 2018
Future Plans: Gabby will be earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing this spring and plans to pursue a career as a nurse.
Words from Coach: “Gabby is a competitor! She has always been a reliable and fierce teammate, and she thrives under pressure! Gabby was on mat all four years and was a very valuable and versatile athlete for our program. We will miss Gabby’s competitive spirit and electric smile, but have no doubt that she will go on to be an amazing healthcare provider in a time where the world is in need.”

Name: Kam Pacholski
College: Alma College
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2017 & 2018
Future Plans: Kam is a special education major and plans to pursue a career as a teacher in special education.
Words from Coach: “Kam is one of the most positive and giving people that I have ever met! She truly embraced our program values and lived them fully each and every day. Kam was everyone’s biggest cheerleader and always brought light and positivity to every practice. She is an amazingly talented top girl in both stunts and pyramids. Kam is going to be an amazing educator and will always be her students’ biggest cheerleader!”

Name: Katherine Maiville
College: Alma College
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2017 & 2018
Future Plans: Katherine is a Mathematic major and German minor. She plans to go straight into a career in Actuarial Science following graduation.
Words from Coach: “Katherine is a person and athlete who never let’s anything stand in her way! Her growth within our program over the last four years was incredible to witness. She is an amazing backspot and will be greatly missed in our program!”

Name: Mackinley Prentice
College: Alma College
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2017 & 2018, Team Captain 19-20
Future Plans: Attending Graduate School to pursue her masters of counseling.
Words from Coach: “Mackinley has been a strong, steady, and impactful member of our program for the last 4 years. She has always been a natural when it came to being a good team member, never needing reminders or prompting to help and do the right thing. She always led by example and moved effortlessly into a captain title this year. Mackinley led team 8 to a new level this season, and the legacy left will propel this program into a successful future. We are grateful for her commitment to Alma Cheer and know that she will continue to be successful and spread kindness in the future!”

 

Arkansas State University

Name: Allie Tomlinson
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 6th Place at UCA College Nationals 2018, 6th Place at NCA College Nationals 2019, invited to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, invited to join the National Honors Society
Future Plans: Allie is applying to the accelerated nursing program at Arkansas State University to become a registered nurse. She will then pursue a career at a CRNA.
Words from Coach: “Allie is one of the most encouraging and selfless people we have on the A-State Cheerleading Squad. She puts others before herself and continues to teach and guide her younger teammates. She is always willing to volunteer for community events and spirit raising events, making her one of the most involved members on the squad. Allie has always been willing to do whatever is needed for the betterment of the team.”

Name: Apple Dennie
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 7th Place UCA College Nationals 2017, 6th Place UCA College Nationals 2018, 6th Place NCA College Nationals 2019, Voted Hardest Worker 17-18, Voted Biggest Program Supporter 18-19, Senior Leadership Team 19-20, Miss Arkansas State University 2019, Impactful Community Service Project 2019
Future Plans: Apple plans on attending dental school to eventually pursue a doctorate in dentistry.
Words from Coach: “Apple has helped in the overall growth of our cheerleading program. She has continuously worked overtime to help her team become successful in all aspects – game day, community, nationals. She has represented our program in the utmost positive way in all public events, community services projects and spirit raising events. Apple pushes her teammates and wants to see success in her team no matter what. She has helped teach and mold the younger classmen to aid in the future success of our program. Her guidance, knowledge and ability to help teach has helped our program continuously grow. ”

Name: Bailey Gibson
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 6th Place NCA College Nationals 2019, Martha McFerron Cheer Scholarship Recipient 19-20
Future Plans: Bailey will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in exercise science before pursuing her doctorate in pediatric physical therapy.
Words from Coach: “Bailey has overcome many obstacles in her life, yet she continues to smile and stay positive. She encourages her teammates and thrives at game day. Bailey leads by example and wants to see the best from her team.”

Name: Hannah Walker
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 7th Place UCA College Nationals 2017, 6th Place UCA College Nationals 2018, NCA College Nationals 2019, Senior Leadership Team 19-20, Voted Most Valuable Cheerleader 18-19, Alpha Award Scholarship Recipient 19-20, Voted Pack Leader 19-20
Future Plans: Hannah continues to return for a 5th years to complete her bachelors of general studies with a minor in sociology. After she graduates in 2021, she plans on attending the accelerated nursing program at Arkansas State University.
Words from Coach: “Hannah is an exceptionally strong leader in all areas. She has led our freshmen throughout their first year, has encouraged her teammates to constantly be better and has continued to put the team before herself. She is passionate about the success of her team and the well-being of her teammates. As a coach, you want someone to be a vocal leader on and off that floor, and Hannah is that. A lot of the success of our program has been because of leaders like Hannah.”

Name: Stacie Chatman
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 7th Place UCA College Nationals 2017, 6th Place NCA College Nationals 2019, Female Veteran of the Year 18-19,  Senior Leadership Team 19-20, Female Veteran of the Year 19-20
Future Plans: Stacie is receiving her degree in Psychology at Arkansas State University and plans on continuing her education by pursing a PhD in Mental Health. She plans on becoming an adolescent psychiatrist.
Words from Coach: “Stacie is an athlete that brings light and positivity wherever she goes. When you meet her, you would never know what she has gone through to get to where she is now. Her smile is contagious, her laughter comes from love and her drive and determination is second to none. She has been a positive leader, motivator and friend to each one of her teammates throughout her four years. She has help grow this program and has changed the culture of our team on and off the competition floor.”

Name: Zahria Whiting
College: Arkansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 7th Place UCA College Nationals 2017, 6th Place at UCA College Nationals 2018, 6th Place at NCA College Nationals 2019, Voted Most Valuable Cheerleader 17-18, Voted Best Game Day 18-19
Future Plans: Zahria will graduate in May with a degree in Accounting. She will finish up with her internship this summer before pursuing her masters in accounting.
Words from Coach: “Zahria has helped shape the future of the squad throughout her years on the team. She is an exceptional game day cheerleader and is passionate about Arkansas State. She leads through example on and off the field and continues to be involved throughout the community. ”

Bridgewater State University

Name: Corinne Doyle
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: Cheerleading Club President 2019-2020, NCA All-Girl Div. III National Champion 2019
Future Plans: Corinne will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and secondary education. From there she plans on pursuing a career as an art teacher.
Words from Coach: “Corinne has developed into the backbone and foundation of this program. She leads by example and is always the last one to leave the gym. Corinne has left her mark on BSU cheer and she will be someone future Bears strive to embody. We will miss her self-motivation, leadership, and constant drive to make the team successful.”

Name: Jenna Hudson
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA All-Girl “Top Gun” winner 2018, NCA All-Girl Div. III National Champion 2019, NCA Speed Staff 2020
Future Plans: Jenna will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science before pursuing a career as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer.
Words from Coach: “Jenna is the perfect example of what perseverance and hard work can accomplish. She holds herself to the highest standard and is happy to put in the work to achieve perfection. Over the past 4 years Jenna has exceeded all of our expectations and “proud” is an understatement. We will miss her goofy dance moves and eagerness to always lend a helping hand to incoming freshmen.”

Name: Kat Tessier
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 6
Titles and Awards: NCA College Nationals runner up 2018
Future Plans: Kat will graduate in May with a master of business administration and plans on a career as a marketing director and graphic designer.
Words from Coach: “Kat embodies the drive and family mentality that our program is built on. She has always put the team first and leads by example on and off the mat. She is the athlete who goes above and beyond to improve her skills to help make her team stronger. We will miss Kat’s positivity and smile!”

Name: Kayla Slocum
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA All-Girl Div. III National Champion 2019
Future Plans: Kayla will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in management; she’s exploring her options in the field.
Words from Coach: “Since transferring to Bridgewater State University Kayla has flourished in our cheer program. Kayla’s natural athletic ability and eager attitude to improve makes her an easy athlete to coach. She continuously shows up ready to put in the hard work and her dedication to the program never went unnoticed. We will miss her strong commitment and ability to help her teammates grow every practice.”

Name: Skye Howard
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: NCA College Nationals runner up 2018, “Team Hype” award 2019, NCA Staff 2020
Future Plans: Skye will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and will become a coach/group instructor for athletes.
Words from Coach: “Skye has been a strong leader for our program. She encourages and supports her teammates on and off the mat. Skye is the athlete who will step up and do whatever is needed for her team to be successful. Skye’s energy will draw your attention in the routine, her passion for her sport is unmatched. We will miss her greatly.”

Name: Tori Lewis
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA all girl “Top Gun” winner 2018, NCA All-Girl Div. III National Champion 2019
Future Plans: Tori will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in science with a psychology concentration and plans on going to graduate school for applied behavioral analysis.
Words from Coach: “Tori is the type of athlete to rise to any challenge. She truly embraces the grind with an eagerness to help her teammates, willingness to sacrifice her body for the team, and always striving for perfection with extra reps. Tori exemplifies what BSU cheer stands for and her humble personality inspires everyone around her. We will miss Tori’s loyalty and dedication to the program.”

Name: Tricia Taylor
College: Bridgewater State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA All-Girl Div. III National Champion 2019, NCA “All American” 2019
Future Plans: Tricia will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in science with a psychology concentration and plans on pursuing a career as a guidance counselor.
Words from Coach: “Tricia is one of the most valuable and versatile athletes to come through the BSU cheer program. She is always willing to step up in any position including flying, basing, backing, as well as being an elite tumbler. Tricia has been someone I can lean on throughout the season and is passionate about the well-being of her teammates. The saying goes “it’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” and Tricia is living proof of this. She is truly destined for greatness. We will miss her “Positive Patty” attitude and her drive for success.”

 

Central Connecticut State University

Name: Holly Prasser
College: Central Connecticut State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Team Captain Senior Year,  5th Place NCA Nationals 2018
Future Plans: Holly is going to PA school and then becoming a physician’s assistant.
Words from Coach: “This year would have only been Holly’s second time competing at nationals as during her Freshmen and Junior years she suffered season ending knee injuries (she would have been on mat both of those years). However, even when she was on the injured list Holly was an invaluable asset to this team. Sometimes referred to as “team mom,” Holly is a loving and supportive teammate. She is the cheerleader’s cheerleader. Her backspotting skills will certainly be missed — but you can teach skills; you can’t teach what Holly has.”

Name: Lauren Acey
College: Central Connecticut State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Team Captain Senior Year, invited to be a part of the NCA Speed Staff, 7th Place NCA Nationals 2019, 5th Place NCA Nationals 2018,  5th Place NCA Nationals 2017
Future Plans: In the process of becoming a CT state trooper. Hoping to be in the academy by the fall.
Words from Coach: “There is the saying “hard work will always beat talent when talent refuses to work hard,” however when talent does work hard you have Lauren Acey. Never complacent to settle, her three years on the team have seen her develop her already great skillset into something all on the team aspire to match. Physically she has molded herself into a premiere athlete — every challenge set before her during the last three years she has absolutely demolished.”

Name: Reagan Kenney
College: Central Connecticut State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Team Captain Junior & Senior Year, 7th Place NCA Nationals 2019, 5th Place NCA Nationals 2018,  5th Place NCA Nationals 2017
Future Plans: Reagan would like to get a job in politics — her internship was with a lobbying firm. In time she would like to attend law school and become a district attorney.
Words from Coach: “Reagan’s natural ability as a flyer has enabled her to execute a great number of elite level skills. Her awareness in the air has made her our best basket flyer in the last eleven years. She always has a word of advice to newer flyers on the team or those attempting new skills that she has mastered. In addition to being someone on the team loves and can look up to, Reagan also managed to be a member of the CCSU Diving team during her junior and senior year.”

 

Clemson University

Name: Adam Samuta
College: Clemson University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Team Captain, NCA All American, Golden Tiger Award Winner, 3 year Spirit Program Scholar Award Recipient
Future Plans: Adam is pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering.
Words from Coach: “As a former wrestler, Adam joined our program with no prior cheer experience. Even without a cheer background, he brought passion and a strong work ethic to the program which he has passed along to fellow teammates. He embraced both the game day and competitive aspects of the program and made the most of every opportunity he was given while at Clemson University.”

Name: Lacy Hylton
College: Clemson University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3 time Spirit Squad Scholar Award Recipient, Named to President’s List every semester
Future Plans: Lacey will be attending dental school next year at MUSC.
Words from Coach: “Lacy has served as a strong role model and genuine leader for our program. In addition to attending every mandatory practice, workout, service event, and game she attended almost every open gym offered during her tenure with the program. Her smile and positive attitude lit up the gym for 4 years, and we will miss her greatly!”

 

College of Charleston

Name: Mackenzie Lowrie
College: College of Charleston
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Team Captain, MVP Team Award 2019
Future Plans: Mackenzie plans to attend Physician Assistant school in the future. She is also getting married in May 2020!
Words from Coach: “Mackenzie’s dedication and commitment to improving our program is unprecedented. To say she goes above and beyond to support her teammates at practice, games and even outside of cheerleading would be an understatement. Since joining the team, she has poured her heart and soul into making College of Charleston Cheerleading the absolute best it can be and she is the reason for so many of our program’s recent successes. Mackenzie has and will continue to touch so many lives and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.”

 

Johnson & Wales University

Name: Tiffani Harrington
College: Johnson & Wales University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain, part of 2019 JWU Cheerleading Team’s first appearance at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Nationals, placed top 5 in the D2 Game Day Division, along with team, awarded the 2019 “Wildcat Spirit Award” from Johnson & Wales University, 2 year member of the JWU Student Athlete Advisory Committee as the representative from our cheerleading team, voted “Most Valuable Cheerleader” by her team in the 2018-2019 season
Future Plans: Tiff’s dream job would be working closely with a collegiate athletic department or with professional sports team. Her aspiration comes from her internship at Brown University this past fall term. She worked as a faculties and event operations intern. This was a great experience for Tiff as she was able to get hands on experience at the Division I level. As a young professional entering the sports industry, Tiff want to focuses on personal development, gaining more connections and possibly furthering her education in sports management. Courses that Tiff has taken over the years has shown her that there are many different career paths that she can go into with a bachelors degree in Sports Entertainment and Event management. Courses that have inspired Tiff are marketing, Human Resource management, event management, business management, professional sports management and ancillary services and revenues.
Words from Coach: “Tiffani has been a huge impact on our team since her freshman year all the way through being a senior captain on this team. Tiff is a natural leader that constantly pushes herself to be the beat for her teammates. Tiff’s genuine passion and dedication to cheerleading extends past the mat. She is active within the University and has been recognized at JWU’s National Student Athlete day for her academic achievements. Not only has TIFF’s uplifting spirit had an impact on our team, but also her skills in tumbling, stunting, and being a great cheerleader on the sidelines. Tiffani is one of those athletes that come through a program that’s impact will last beyond graduation.”

 

Georgia Southern University

Name: Ally Souza
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3.99 GPA, competed her first two years at the intermediate level and was on the first GS team to compete at the advanced level
Future Plans: Ally plans to work as a rehabilitation aide while preparing for DPT school.
Words from Coach: “Ally is a strong backspot that could make anyone laugh with her perspectives on life and her Dublin, GA accent.”

 

Name: Jaedah Wheeler
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 3.5 GPA, competed her first two years at the intermediate level and was on the first GS team to compete at the advanced level
Future Plans: Jaedah plans to attend graduate school in engineering.
Words from Coach: “Jaedah is a great base and awesome tumbler. While Jaedah is a woman of few words, she could always be counted on to do her part and help hold teammates accountable.”

 

Name: Jordan Adcock
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3.4 GPA, competed her first two years at the intermediate level and was on the first GS team to compete at the advanced level
Future Plans: Jordan plans to work as a PT aide and then on to PT school.
Words from Coach: “Jordan grew from a timid freshman flyer to a leader of freshmen flyers. She held a strong opinion, but was always willing to step up when the team needed her.”

 

Name: Jasmine Swarns
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2 year Captain of the Coed team
Future Plans: Jasmine plans on becoming an elementary school teacher and cheerleading coach.
Words from Coach: “Jasmine is a strong leader who pushed a young team through many challenges. She helped her team adapt and continue to perform at a high level. She was always willing to step up and help make tough decisions while still pushing her teammates to get better.”

 

Name: Margaux Solheim
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 4.0 GPA 2 year Captain of the All-Girl team
Future Plans: Margaux is working toward attending Medical School.
Words from Coach: “Margaux led her team by word and deed on and off the blue mat, court, and field. She was a steady, positive influence from her freshman through senior year.”

 

Name: Molly Hancock
College: Georgia Southern University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3.3 GPA, competed her first two years at the intermediate level and was on the first GS team to compete at the advanced level
Future Plans: After graduation, Molly will be working as a sales rep for a promotional sign store.
Words from Coach: “Molly is a solid backspot with a “can do” attitude. She was always willing to do whatever needed to be done to help the team progress. Molly lead by example in every way – attitude, work ethic, and accountability.”

 

Gannon University

Name: Andrea Simeone
College: Gannon University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA Camp Silver Bid 2016 — we always attended/hosted commuter camps for the four years Andie was on the team, so there were no opportunities for her to receive special awards. Rookie of the Year 2017, Program MVP 2018, Freshman Year: Placed 4th in Small Coed DII, Sophomore Year: Placed 6th in Small Coed DII, Junior Year: Placed 4th in Small Coed DII, Junior & Senior Year: crucial member of leadership team
Future Plans: Andie will be graduating in May with a degree in Psychology with a criminal justice minor. Andie has applied to Gannon University for graduate school and achieved an early acceptance. She will remain at Gannon to pursue her master of science in criminalistics!
Words from Coach: “I would like to say I could keep this short, but to be honest, there is not enough positive praise I could give this student-athlete. I have had the pleasure of knowing Andie for almost four years. I first met Andie during her freshman year when I became an assistant coach for Gannon Competitive Cheer and Dance back in 2016, and I instantly picked up on her sense of drive, motivation, and intense self-discipline. As one of the first student-athletes that I had the opportunity to coach from her freshman to senior year, I have come to know Andie as an exceptional young woman who I hold in the highest regard. Andie has a versatile skill set which includes a strong work ethic and her ability to persevere. She has achieved so much over the past four years at Gannon on an athletic, academic and leadership level. Andie has assumed a leadership role on her team for both her junior and senior year. Something that I have always admired about Andie is her ability to identify challenges and instead see them as opportunities—an extremely valuable characteristic. During her time at Gannon, Andie has grown in a multitude of way and she has helped to lead her team to record breaking years and achieved special team awards including being named 2017 Rookie of the Year and MVP for the 2018 season. Andie— or Nancy, the nickname she has picked up along the way on the mat — is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. Andie has been a part of our coed team all four years she has been with the program. She is a fiercely talented athlete, and one of the strongest people I know. As an athlete, Andie does it all. She is a powerhouse tumbler, an incredibly strong and technically sound main base, a dependable middle layer, and an amazing top layer. Andie filled so many roles and was an inspiration to all of her teammates, as well as her coach. She is the type of athlete and teammate that pushed you to be better and to rise to the occasion. She never settled for anything less then the best and always gave more than I thought any one person could ever give. She will be greatly missed.”

 

Grand Valley State University

Name: Allison Day
College: Grand Valley State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals Gold Bid 2016, NCA Nationals Silver Bid 2017 & 2018, finished 4th, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place in the D2 All-Girl Advanced Division at NCA Nationals
Future Plans: Allison is excited to graduate with her degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, she’s exploring her options in the field.
Words from Coach: “From the first practice Allison visited, we were thrilled about the contribution she’d make to the GV Cheer program. A natural athlete, quick to learn and eager to improve, Allison set the bar high for her teammates, even as a rookie. Even more than her physical abilities, it’s Allison’s commitment to her team- the way she put her heart into leading and loving them through the season, especially this last one- that made her such an asset.”

Name: Jennalyn Jubeck
College: Grand Valley State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals Silver Bid 2017 & 2018, D2 All-Girl Intermediate National Runner-Up 2017, D2 All-Girl Advanced 4th Place 2018
Future Plans: Jenna plans to obtain a career in criminal justice related social work and will pursue her Masters in Social Work.
Words from Coach: “Jenna has personified so many of the characteristics of the Grand Valley Cheer program we take pride in. Every practice and every rep, she actively applied suggestions and critiques to improve as an athlete, her positive attitude never faltered, and she poured her energy into her teammates. Jennalyn was a servant leader in so many ways, providing an excellent example to everyone in the program.”

Name: Remi Chow
College: Grand Valley State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals Gold Bid 2016, NCA Nationals Silver Bid 2017 & 2018, finished 4th, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place in the D2 All-Girl Advanced Division at NCA Nationals
Future Plans: Remi is excited to start their next chapter in Norway!
Words from Coach: “We’ve been so lucky to watch Remi grow into themselves as an athlete and as a person throughout their time with GVC. Remi came in with an impressive skillset right away, they continued to build on and refine those skills, and share their knowledge with teammates over the years. Remi’s last year as a cheerleader was one of exemplary leadership, unrelenting devotion, and positive energy.”

Name: Tyler Rush AKA Cowboy
College: Grand Valley State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals Gold Bid and Silver Bid, D2 Advanced Coed National Runner-Up
Future Plans: After graduating, Cowboy has accepted a job at MOSS Telecom as an Audio Visual Technician.
Words from Coach: “Tyler, or as we affectionately call him “Cowboy”, was the backbone and foundation for this year’s team. Tyler brought a level of seriousness and dedication to every work out, practice, and rep that pushed his teammates to be better. Without fail, he was the first to every practice, showing up an hour early to get extra reps in, and always the last to leave. He often ended a day of full outs by running lines on his own accord. Tyler served our country in the Army, and then cheered for Grand Valley State for 4 years. This was his final season, and as my heart breaks for him as a coach to not be able to perform his senior routine, I am able to find peace in the big picture. Tyler has set the bar for the work ethic and dedication it takes to be a male cheerleader at GVSU, and his legacy will remain. No one will ever out-work Tyler “Cowboy” Rush, and one of the biggest pleasures of my coaching career was being able to coach such a dedicated and humble athlete.”

 

Harvard University

Name: Amanda Flores
College: Harvard University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Senior Captain, 6th place NCA Nationals, 7th place NCA Nationals, National Champion NECA (New England Cheerleaders Association) 2017
Future Plans: Amanda’s future plans and career goals are quite extensive and currently still being decided due to the selected finalists and delays due to COVID-19. Amanda has applied to a very prestigious program called Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored through the U.S. Department of State, and funding through the U.S. Government. If selected, Amanda will head to Mexico to fulfill her passion for teaching. Amanda is currently a member of the Harvard Teacher’s Fellow program, which strives to prepare teachers to promote educational equity through skillful teaching by means of prioritizing academic rigor, relationship building and continuous learning. It is a 1 year teaching fellowship and master’s program through Harvard Graduate School of Education. To conclude, Amanda would like to teach for a few years, and then obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Policy or a Juris Doctor, and hopefully secure a position with the Department of State, doing foreign policy work.
Words from Coach: “As a first year coach for Harvard University, having 3 senior members, and wanting to acknowledge all of them, writing this quote was exceptionally overwhelming to me as Amanda exudes every example of why America needs cheerleaders. As a coach, I have come to admire Amanda’s leadership qualities that she so effortlessly displays to her teammates, the Harvard University community, parents and administration. A very brilliant young lady, Amanda is an assiduous worker, who sets her goals very high, prepares herself fully, and then applies her well developed skills with diligence and tenacity to attain success in all her endeavors. With Amanda Flores leading it is foreseeable that we will all be seeing her name again in the Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful Women. Good luck Amanda, and you will be missed dearly.”

Name: Michelle Wang
College: Harvard University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Senior Team Captain, 6th place NCA Nationals, 7th place NCA Nationals, Champion NECA (New England Cheerleaders Association) 2017
Future Plans: Upon graduation, Michelle has accepted a position with ClearView Healthcare Partners, as an Analyst. Michelle is considering applying to medical school with hopes becoming a Pediatrician or an Orthopedist.
Words from Coach: “As a first year coach with Harvard University, Michelle’s leadership abilities and commitment to cheer throughout her years, had the capacity to translate vision into reality. As captain, Michelle truly was a leader that ran headfirst into the unknown every practice, every game, every setback, always believing she worked for her team, never settling for average. Add to all this, Michelle is a very congenial person, well liked by all her fellow teammates, and you will see why I am so positive about this bright young lady. It was with great pleasure and honor that I was able to coach such a committed leader to our future. Good luck Michelle!”

Name: Sydney Record
College: Harvard University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 6th place NCA Nationals, 7th place NCA Nationals, Champion NECA (New England Cheerleaders Association) 2017
Future Plans: Sydney has just submitted her senior MCB thesis: The Protective Role of Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase against NSAID – induced Intestinal Damage. It is no surprise that Sydney has also accepted an offer from Duke University School of Medicine, to fulfill her dream of becoming a surgeon.
Words from Coach: “As a first year coach for Harvard University, Sydney’s commitment to attaining her educational goals, as well as her Harvard University cheer goals has been unremarkable to watch. Between traveling to medical school interviews, games, practices, injuries and academic commitments, Sydney was always an athlete I could rely on and did this all with a smile on her face. Sydney is my MVP, as she was always willing to do what was best for her team. Fly, base, mid-layer, tumbler and my most spirited-spiriter. Duke University School of Medicine is blessed to have chosen such a brilliant, talented, and leader for the future of our medicine. While I was her coach, Sydney was my teacher. Sydney truly taught me that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. Good luck Sydney!”

 

Kansas State University

Name: Douglas Chace
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Two seasons on the competitive team at Kansas State and served as team captain.
Future Plans: Douglas is majoring in athletic training and kinesiology. His plans after graduation are to pursue a masters degree in educational administration at Angelo State University while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.
Words from Coach: “Doug has a ton of energy that I wish I could bottle up and sell to people. He is fun, dedicated, passionate about cheer and has been a strong team member from beginning to end. He is an incredible cheerleader and always performs to his highest measure. He has held a position as one of the team captains and has taken his roll very seriously while helping K-State get back into competition again this past season. I will miss Doug and all of his jokes and funny faces while he was cheering at a game. BUT, I am happy for his upcoming adventures in athletic training.”

Name: Kami Wells
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Kami has held a position on the competition team the last two seasons. This year being name as one of the captains of the team. She was also very involved and helped another captain lead the Cheer Abilities group “Fierce Cats,” for the past several seasons, ending with taking them to a cheer competition in Kansas City this spring.
Future Plans: Kami is majoring in Apparel and Textiles with a specialization in Marketing. She plans to start as a Licensing and Retail Coordinator for Milk Snob in Dallas, TX after graduation.
Words from Coach: “Kami has been an exceptional leader with drive and determination that is out the roof. She is very talented in many areas of cheer and her expertise has assisted the team to start competing again as of last year. She was also named as competing again this coming Spring, and I am sad that her season was cut short. Her organizational skills and incredible energy has gotten her a job in Dallas, Texas after she graduates from K-State. I know she will do an outstanding job and I am excited for her. I am truly grateful for all of her time, patience and talent while on this team. She will be deeply missed, but I am so proud of her for her past, present and future accomplishments.”

Name: Seth Coltrane
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: Seth has held a position on the competition team the last two seasons.
Future Plans: Seth is majoring in kinesiology and working towards being a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Words from Coach: “Seth has been a strength behind our yell leading program at Kansas State University. He has excelled in stunting and assisting the upcoming team members with proper technique and form. He has also been a head camp instructor where he took on the challenge to teach individuals proper ways to better themselves and become stronger. He wanted everyone to become just a bit stronger so that we could all be safer in the stunting. Seth will do a fantastic job someday as a strength and conditioning coach. I will miss his work ethic and constant drive to make the TEAM the best it could be. Thank you Seth. I am sad I was only able to work with you for two seasons, but so fortunate I had the opportunity to be your coach.”

Name: Sierra Cox
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: Sierra has held a position on the competition team the last two seasons.
Future Plans: Sierra is majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to work in a Preschool or Kindergarten classroom after graduation.
Words from Coach: “Sierra just comes in and gets the job done. Anywhere I needed her.. she would do it, fit right in and try everything that was asked of her to do. She was one of the cheer team members who was always at open gyms and volunteer activities to assist others. She is always willing to lend a hand and has had an incredible positive attitude. I had Sierra for just two years (due to her transferring from another school), but I have been blessed to have her for that time. Thank you Sierra in never giving up and always willing and able to lend a hand for those who needed it. You will be an incredible teacher.”

Name: Sierra Marstall
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Competitive team for 2 seasons. K-State social media coordinator for the last 2 seasons. One of four captains for the 2019-2020 season.
Future Plans: Sierra is majoring in Strategic Communications and is planning on moving to Dallas to work as a social media strategist after graduation.
Words from Coach: “Sierra Marstall is a hard worker and seeks perfection in all that she does. She has been a great cheerleader but she has also displayed a professionalism as our head social media coordinator for the K-State Cheer program, of which has recently been developed. She has displayed creativeness with these areas and this shows that she will excel in her future endeavors. Her work ethic on the game day floor is so much appreciated and she strives to be the best each and every time she cheered or competed. It has been a busy four years for Sierra and every bit of her dedication has been welcomed. I wish her the absolute best with her future. ”

Name: Taylor Headley
College: Kansas State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Taylor has has held a position on the competition team for the last two seasons. She has served as a captain for her senior year. She was the lead team member for our Cheer Abilities group “Fierce Cats” for the last two seasons.
Future Plans: Taylor is majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and a minor in Leadership Studies. She is working to get into grad school for mental health counseling.
Words from Coach: “Taylor has been an exceptional leader on the K-State Cheer Team. She has worked hard each and every day to be the best she can be. Taylor was also the head leader for the Cheer Abilities group that we have on our campus called the Fierce Cats. Her organization and energy made this a truly great program and the Fierce Cats ended with competing at the Mid America Competition this spring. I was looking forward in Taylor being one of the main flyers in our competition routine this season and going to Daytona, but like many other seniors this was not an option this season due to our current COVID-19 situation. Taylor will excel in all that she is setting out to do and I am super excited to see her many accomplishments. I am truly thankful for her time, energy, honesty and passion.”

 

Kennesaw State University

Name: Bria King
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: Bria plans on continuing at Kennesaw State for her Masters in Accounting and to become CPA certified.
Words from Coach: “Bria has always done a great job bringing hard work and positivity to the program. Always doing what’s asked of her and bringing up the people around her, she has done a great job bringing positive energy to the program.”

Name: Brooke Seabolt
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018
Future Plans: After graduation, Brooke plans to continue her work at Remtech Engineers.
Words from Coach: “Brooke has done a great job always trying to represent the school and bring a voice to cheerleading in the community. Being our SASS representative and always doing a great job with being a connection between the fans and athletics. She has always worked hard to be a strong leader on the sideline and in community.”

Name: Deja Malone
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018
Future Plans: Deja plans to go to grad school for Occupational Therapy at Augusta University.
Words from Coach: “Deja has always done a great job building up the other athletes around her! Her hard work and positive attitude helps everyone grow and push though the toughest of practices. On top of being a great game day cheerleader, her skills and work ethic has really helped the team grow!”

Name: Gary Milloway
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2019 , CANAM National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: Gary plans to continue coaching at The Stingray Allstars and transition into assisting KSU from the sidelines.
Words from Coach: “Gary has done an amazing job bringing energy and a love for the university to the fans and community. His energy and dedication on the sideline really has helped our game day experience as well as been a positive connection between donors, community members and students to athletics.”

Name: Grace Giles
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: After graduation, Grace plans on becoming an athletic trainer for high school athletics.
Words from Coach: “Grace has done a great job enjoying the grind and always pushing herself and her teammates to be the best they can possibly be. A positive influence to those around her, she has always helped all her teammates grow every practice.”

Name: Joanna Russel
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: After graduation, Joanna plans to attend Georgia State University to pursue Physical Therapy.
Words from Coach: “Joanna has done an amazing job being a positive role model and athlete for our program. She has always worked extremely hard, excelled in the classroom and is always willing to do what is asked from her! Always putting in full effort and focus!”

Name: Kelsey Hill
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: Teaching early childhood education with a masters in special education.
Words from Coach: “Kelsey is great at making the program fun and enjoyable for all the athletes. She has done a great job being friendly to all those around her. Making personal connections with fans and members in the community she has been able to really bring a positive image to the program!”

Name: Kirstin Goff
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA National Runner-Up 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018
Future Plans: Kirstin’s plan after graduation is to go to graduate school for research and get a masters degree in chemistry.
Words from Coach: “Kirstin has done a great job over the years being a great team player! She is always doing what’s asked, always pushing for constancy, working hard at every practice and always bringing a positive attitude. This has been important as it’s been able to help her teammates enjoy the work through the years.”

Name: Malik Warner
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2019 , CANAM National Champion 2018
Future Plans: Malik plans to attend Morehouse college. He plans to get a masters degree in medical science.
Words from Coach: “In addition to the competitive side, Malik has done a great job with bringing energy to the game day experience for the fans!”

Name: Sydney Rhodes
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2019 , NCA National Champion 2018, NCA Nationals 4th Place Finish 2017
Future Plans: After graduation, Sydney plans on finding a marketing job in Atlanta.
Words from Coach: “Sydney has made such a great impact on the team throughout the years. Always doing everything that’s ever been asked of her she has been such a pleasure to coach. Always one to work hard and give it her all she has been a great influence on the other athletes. ”

Name: Tosha Lev
College: Kennesaw State University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: NCA National Champion 2019
Future Plans: Tosha plans to work as a registered nurse on labor and delivery. He plans to go to school part time and become a male certified nurse midwife.
Words from Coach: “Tosha has shown what hard work and balancing a busy schedule is all about. Not only bringing physical skills and excitement to the sideline has is a great example of someone who works very hard!”

 

Lander University

Name: Caroline Shelton
College: Lander University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3rd place at NCA College Nationals, Peach Belt Conference Champions, Grand Champion at Clash of the Conferences
Future Plans: After graduation, Caroline will pursue her career as a Critical Care Nurse.
Words from Coach: “Caroline has been the perfect example of how to manage a heavy class load as a nursing student and balance life as a student-athlete.”

Name: Ivy Grave Gibson
College: Lander University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3rd place at NCA College Nationals, Veteran Teammate of the Year, Peach Belt Conference Champions, Clash of the Conferences Grand Champs
Future Plans: Ivy is getting married in October and will work as a physical therapist and high school cheer coach.
Words from Coach: “Ivy has grown so much during her time as a Bearcat. She has refined her leadership skills and played a vital part in creating our competition routines.”

Name: Keelie Burns
College: Lander University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 3rd place at NCA College Nationals, Team Academic Award, Peach Belt Conference Champions, Clash of the Conferences Grand Champs
Future Plans: After graduation, Keelie wants to work with kids and earn her masters degree.
Words from Coach: “Keelie is leaving a legacy of strong commitment, contagious positivity, and solid determination. She has expertly modeled leading with love during her time in the program.”

Name: Ravyn Burgos
College: Lander University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Ravyn has served our team as the Team Bonding Leader during her time at Lander University.
Future Plans: After graduation, Ravyn plans to work in the hospital as a clinical case manager and move to Spain for a year as an English teacher.
Words from Coach: “Ravyn’s humble leadership style allowed her to be a mentor for rookie top girls. She often volunteered to step back and give others a chance to grow and shine in her spot.”

 

Marshall University

Name: Allysun McCoy
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain 2019-2020, 3rd Place Daytona Nationals 2018, attending Marshall University School of Pharmacy dual MBA program class of 2024
Future Plans: Allison is majoring in Animal Science and plans to take the next year to prepare for Vet school!
Words from Coach: “Allysun has had a superior impact on our program over the years that will last well into the future! Her efforts in her academics are only matched by her determination to be one of the strongest bases in program history. She is an elite base with impeccable technique. Her work ethic and toughness have earned her the respect of her teammates and always impresses the audience.”

Name: Angellica Scott
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain, 2018 Small Coed NCA Nationals 3rd place
Future Plans: Planning to go to graduate school for masters in counseling.
Words from Coach: “Gelly’s impact on the program will be felt for many years. She is a role model of hard work and determination. Her basing versatility allowed her to hold any position under any elite stunt. She’s extremely well rounded and has amazing game day energy!”

Name: Blass Morrone
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain 2019-2020, 3x All American at NCA Camps 2016, 2017, 2018, All-Girl Top Gun Champs Camp 2018, 3rd Place NCA Nationals 2018, Nancy Pelphrey Award 2019
Future Plans: Attending Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine class of 2024.
Words from Coach: “Blass is one the most distinguished and respected leaders I’ve ever coached. From the time she arrived at MU, she has proven there is no challenge she can’t conquer! Boasting a top GPA every semester for 4 year, she is an absolute anchor for our team in the classroom, weight room, field, court, and mat. She will go down as one of the greatest to ever cheer at MU.”

Name: Laken Shafer
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA College All-American, Marshall University 3x NCA College Nationals Competition Team D1A Adv. Small Coed
Future Plans: Planning to go to grad school for a masters in psychology.
Words from Coach: “Laken is a leader and brought a considerable amount of talent to our team. She is a elite tumbler, excellent game day cheerleader, and lots of versatility as a base.”

Name: Sam Jones
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: All-Girl Top Gun Champs Camp 2018, 3rd place NCA Nationals 2018
Future Plans: Applying for grad school for a masters in communications at Marshall and planning to go in the FBI for the crimes against children unit.
Words from Coach: “Sam’s willingness to step up as a leader demonstrates her passion for cheer and Marshall University. She is a strong and versatile elite base! Her greatest strength is how she captivates the audience during any performance.”

Name: Tahje Houston
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2x All-American at Camp (2017 and 2018), All-Girl Top Gun Champs at Camp 2018, Small Coed NCA Nationals 2018 3rd Place, Nancy Pelphrey Award Recipient 2019-2020, MU Cheer Manager
Future Plans: Planning to work as a registered nurse at CAMC in the Neuroscience ICUN.
Words from Coach: “Tahje is a one of a kind athlete that brought tremendous leadership, and strength to our program. She is an excellent student and consistently demonstrated she is one of the strongest lady bases to ever cheer at our university.”

Name: Tre Colucci
College: Marshall University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 3rd place NCA Nationals 2018
Future Plans: Planning to work as Registered Nurse in Cardio Pulmonary Intensive Care at CAMC.
Words from Coach: “Tre’s growth as a cheerleader at MU is unparalleled. He’s an outstanding student and developed elite skills in both tumbling and stunting. His athleticism and infectious personality proved him to be a stand out cheerleader in all elements of our program.”

 

North Carolina State University

Name: Allison Van Housen
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Allison served on our Executive Board for 3 seasons as Treasurer (2017-2018) and Co-President (2018-2020).
Future Plans: Allison is majoring in Animal Science and plans to take the next year to prepare for Vet school!
Words from Coach: “Allison has been an influential member of the Lady Pack program for 4 seasons! She works hard both in and out of practice and works to lead by example throughout practices. Lady Pack will definitely miss her leadership and positivity next season and wish her the best of luck in the future!”

Name: Bailey Jones
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Bailey has been voted by her teammates and coaches to be the MVP for the 2019-2020 season! She also held the role of Safety Officer on our Executive Board for two seasons (2018-2020).
Future Plans: Bailey will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and plans to teach either 2nd or 3rd grade.
Words from Coach: “Bailey has been an amazing teammate and leader every year that she has been on the NC State Club Cheerleading team. Her positive attitude, hard work, and dedication is inspiring and contagious to her teammates and will definitely be missed next season. We are so proud of everything she has done within the program and can’t wait to see her accomplish even more in her upcoming career!”

Name: Caison Mankin
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Caison has served on the Executive Board as the Secretary for 2 seasons.
Future Plans: Caison is majoring in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Spanish. She recently accepted a position as an Engineering Associate with Smithfield Foods to begin after graduation. Caison has a passion for agriculture and hopes to continue to help and better the industry.
Words from Coach: “Caison has been a loyal member of the Lady Pack program. She is known for pushing through injuries to make sure that she can do whatever the team needs! We are so lucky to have had someone like Caison be a part of the program and are so proud of everything she has already accomplished!”

Name: Ciku Makumi
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Ciku served on the Executive Board as the Treasurer for 2 seasons (2018-2020).
Future Plans: Ciku is majoring in Biomedical Engineering plans to start grad school to pursue her PhD in the fall. She dreams to work in the rehabilitation engineering industry.
Words from Coach: “Ciku has been an absolute joy to have on Lady Pack for her 4 seasons. She brings a light to practices that everyone notices and loves. Ciku puts her heart and soul into everything she does and she has been a huge part of the team. Whether she is on the mat or taking her part on the Executive Board, Ciku goes above and beyond and does it with a smile. We wish you the best Ciku and can’t wait to see what amazing things you accomplish next!”

Name: Kelsey Feeney
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Kelsey has served on the Executive Board for as our Apparel Designer for 2 seasons (2018-2020).
Future Plans: Kelsey is majoring in Fashion Textile Brand Marketing and Management and plans to work full-time or travel upon graduation!
Words from Coach: “Kelsey’s drive to push her team has been an exciting force for her 4 years with the Lady Pack Program. She has been a dependable and loyal part of this program and next season will not be the same without her. We can’t wait to see the amazing things that she accomplishes upon graduation!”

Name: Raygan Gilliam
College: NC State University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Raygan served on the Executive Board 2 seasons as Marketing (2018-2019) and Co-President (2019-2020).
Future Plans: Raygan is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Words from Coach: “Raygan has been a very valuable member of the team the last 3 seasons. She is always willing to step up in any position necessary including both basing and flying as well as trying new tumble passes! Raygan’s dedication to the program never went unnoticed and we will miss her so much next season!”

 

New York University

Name: Jason Le
College: New York University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Jason was captain the last 2 years on the team.
Future Plans: Jason plans to work in NYC public education. He wants to teach social studies at the high school level. After teaching, he one day would like to work at the administrative level to reform education policy to make it more culturally responsive and inclusive to NYC’s large diverse student body. He also plans to find time to become a cheerleading coach to give back to the journey that reflected the most in his education emotionally and mentally.
Words from Coach: “Jason was someone the entire team could count on for support! He took his role as captain seriously and always made a positive environment for the team to work and express ideas! We will miss him so much.”

 

Niagara University

Name: Gabrielle Mauro
College: Niagara University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Junior & Senior Year Team Captain, Silver Bid at NCA Camp 2018, 3rd Place NCA Game Day Division 2019, NCA Nationals Small Coed Division 2018, Volunteer Coach for Niagara Special Olympics Volunteer with Carly’s Club for children with cancer
Future Plans: Gabrielle plans to continue her education at Niagara University in graduate studies of Literacy. She will continue working as a high school varsity cheerleading coach and as a personal trainer. With only two years competing at NCA College Nationals, Gabrielle (Gabby) plans on being a member of the team next year and looks forward to competing in Daytona in 2021.
Words from Coach: “The quote “never give up” is something many of us have said over and over. I truly believe this was Gabby’s motto while cheering for Niagara. At Niagara the cheerleading program has been built from nothing. We do not have dedicated practice space and we work with only three mats. While most would look at this as “the glass half empty” Gabby would be positive and say, “if this is what we have, we will make it work, we will not give up!” Gabby is a person of integrity, leadership, perseverance and motivation. It is because of these traits Gabby will be successful in pursuing her goals.”

 

Northern Illinois University

Name: David Xiong
College: Northern Illinois University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 3rd Place Intermediate Large Coed 2019
Future Plans: After graduation, David hopes to become a licensed Physical Therapist with his own Clinic and to become a social media influencer.
Words from Coach: “David has impacted NIU cheer with his humorous and dedicated spirit. David is hard working and also our low key camera man/trainer. He would tape practices so we could watch film as a team to discuss what we needed to fix. He also always taped and took care of his teammates physically at all times.”

Name: Jemea Green
College: Northern Illinois University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain 2019-2020, 2nd Place Intermediate Small Coed 2018, 3rd Place Intermediate Large Coed 2019
Future Plans: After graduation, Jemea wants to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Words from Coach: “Jemea made a impact on this team by showing what the word determination means. She battled through multiple injuries and never lost her passion for cheerleading.”

Name: Justine Ewald
College: Northern Illinois University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Captain 2019-2020, 2nd Place Intermediate Small Coed 2018, 3rd Place Intermediate Large Coed 2019
Future Plans: After graduation, Justine plans on beginning her career in recruiting for a I.T. staffing company.
Words from Coach: “Justine has made a tremendous impact on the NIU cheer program. She has shown what it means to be a leader by not only her words more importantly by actions. She’s kind, passionate, talented and the hardest working athlete I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. She is the reason I coach.”

Name: TJ Kaniewski
College: Northern Illinois University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 3rd Place Intermediate Large Coed 2019
Future Plans: After graduation, TJ plans on working within a facilities and operations department for a D1 athletics program.
Words from Coach: “TJ has made a impact on NIU cheer with his positive and encouraging mindset. He would do anything to help his teammates succeed and is always striving to help make everyone else around him better.”

 

Oklahoma Baptist University

Name: Aleigh Leduc
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Aleigh has been on the OBU advanced team all four years at OBU, placing top three her first two years and claiming the national championship her junior year in 2019.
Future Plans: Aleigh is an early childhood education major who is excited to begin teaching!
Words from Coach: “Aleigh is an incredible all around athlete and leader for the OBU program. She is a great main base and bottom layer of pyramids. Aleigh will be incredibly missed for her leadership and hard working attitude!”

Name: Courtney Freese
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Courtney has been on the all girl advanced team all four years of her college career. Courtney is a strong elite tumbler and a great backspot. Courtney has placed top three every year, claiming the national championship in 2019. She has been an NCA all American three years.
Future Plans: Courtney is a pre counseling major who is attending grad school at The University of Oklahoma next for social work.
Words from Coach: “Courtney has given the OBU program everything she has all four years she has been with us. She has a passion for cheerleading and her teammates and leads by example. We will greatly miss Courtney’s love and drive that she brings to practice each and every day!”

Name: Emileigh Goad
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Emileigh has been on the OBU all girl advanced team each year she has been at OBU and has earned the title of NCA college all American all four years.
Future Plans: Emileigh is a pre counseling major who plans to attend grad school.
Words from Coach: “Emileigh is an elite tumbler and side base who will be so missed at OBU! We have always relied on her leadership and consistency in everything she does!”

Name: Holli Steele
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Holli has been on the OBU advanced and intermediate teams while at OBU. Holli claimed the D2 Intermediate Collegiate National Title in 2019.
Future Plans: Holli is a health and human performance major who plans to continue her education to obtain an occupational therapy degree.
Words from Coach: “Holli is an athlete you can’t imagine not having in your program. From her talent, her laugh, her grit; Holli has been a light to the OBU program the last four years! Holli is a beautiful flier and tumbler. We will miss Holli greatly at OBU!”

Name: Kailey Rowell
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Kailey has been on the OBU all girl advanced team all three years she has been at OBU, is a three time NCA college all American and won the d2 advanced all girl national title in 2019.
Future Plans: Kailey is a family and community service major, graduating in just three years who plans to work in real estate.
Words from Coach: “Kailey is an extremely hard worker, always has a positive attitude and puts her team first. Kailey is an extremely talented elite backspot who will be so missed for her skills and effort, but incredibly missed for her remarkable attitude! Kailey is graduated in just three years and will be such a light to everything she does!”

Name: Lexie Mixon
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Lexie has been on the OBU advanced and intermediate teams, is an NCA all American and claimed the D2 All Girl Intermediate National Championship in 2019.
Future Plans: Lexie is a health and human performance major who plans to attend a sonography school.
Words from Coach: “Lexie can do it all and has done it all for us at OBU! She can base, fly, tumble and is beautiful on the sidelines! Lexie is one of the hardest workers we have had and has a heart for others. Lexie will be incredibly missed at OBU!”

Name: Mickayla Corvi
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Mickayla has been on an important part of the growth of the OBU program all four of her years at OBU. Mickayla helped lead her team to the 2019 OBU D2 All Girl Intermediate National Championship!
Future Plans: Mickayla is a health and human performance major who plans to attend grad school.
Words from Coach: “Mickayla has been an important leader in our program for the last four years. She is a strong base and even strong leader. Mickayla always puts her team first and finds ways to bring light to all situations. Mickayla will be greatly missed on Bison Hill!”

Name: Moriah Nolan
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Moriah has been on the OBU advanced team all three of her college years and is a NCA Collegiate All American.
Future Plans: Moriah is a business major who plans to open a gymnastics facility.
Words from Coach: “Moriah is graduating in just three years with her degree, which displays how hard of a worker she is! Moriah has given us all that she has during her years at OBU and she will be greatly missed. She is a beautiful elite tumbler, strong base and has been our center jumper! We will miss Moriah’s talent, but miss her leadership and heart just as much!”

Name: Taylor Cunningham
College: Oklahoma Baptist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Taylor has been on the all girl advanced team for all four years of her college career. She has placed top three each year at college nationals, winning the D2 All Girl Advanced National Title her junior year in 2019. Taylor has been a flier, our elite last pass and a leader for our program. She has been an all American three years at NCA camp.
Future Plans: Taylor is a business major who plans to enter the finance world after graduation.
Words from Coach: “Taylor’s skill level is a game changer for any program. Taylor has compete a full to full for and a standing full for us every of her college career. Taylor is not only a top talent but is one of the hardest workers I know and has a heart for her team and passion for cheerleading and success. We will greatly miss Taylor at OBU!”

 

Saint Joseph’s University

Name: Emily O’Sullivan
College: Northern Illinois University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Emily was captain her senior year, she also played a vital role in the first Silver Bid we received at camp and was a key player as a main base and elite tumbler in the routine that brought home the first National title to Saint Joseph’s University.
Future Plans: Emily will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Food Marketing. This past summer, Emily accepted a full time offer with Target to become one of their in-store Executive Team Leads. She is confident the 13 years she has been involved in cheerleading has provided her with indispensable leadership skills that will help her guide her new team: Target.
Words from Coach: “We were so excited when Emily committed to Saint Joseph’s University. She was an outstanding athlete who helped her high school team capture 3 NCA National titles. We knew her tumbling and elite stunting would be a great asset to our program. What we learned over the next few years is that Emily would be a leader by example, pushing herself at practice, at games, and in the classroom, constantly striving to be the best student athlete she could be. Emily has raised the bar for the program and we know that through her words and actions she has inspired her teammates to keep pushing the program to achieve new goals.”

 

Sam Houston State University

Name: Kendahl Sorosiak
College: Sam Houston State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: All-Girl National Champion 2018, All-Girl Captain 2019-2020
Future Plans: Kendahl plans to go to school for diagnostic imaging and become a radiology technician.
Words from Coach: “Kendahl has been an extraordinary addition to our All Girl program at SHSU. She is very determined, a hard worker, and pushes those around her to be the best they can be. She will be missed here at Sam Houston. We know she will succeed in her future endeavors.”

Name: Marissa Rodriguez
College: Sam Houston State University
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and was also a cast member of the Bearkat News Network in her time at Sam Houston State. She is a 2018 NCA Collegiate National Champion, one of the 19-20 season captains, and 8th place recipient at the UCA Group Stunt Competition.
Future Plans: Marissa wants to become a journalist in the near future and hopefully a coach.
Words from Coach: “Marissa is an exceptional athlete and person. She works hard in and out of practice, is constantly helping others, and has dedicated so much of herself to this program. Her work ethic, and passion for cheerleading, and Sam Houston will be missed! She is going to do GREAT things in the future!”

Name: Ryan Riley
College: Sam Houston State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2016 NCA D1 Coed National Champion, SHSU Spirit Programs 2016 Most Improved, SHSU Deans List, Member of GSK, Former Member of K.I.S.S. (Kats in Support of Shelters)
Future Plans: Ryan’s future plans are to coach cheerleading at the colligate level. His goal in doing this is to create a highly successful spirit program not just in the competition setting, but in academia and the character building of the athletes as well. He believes the job as coach goes well beyond just winning titles. It’s about the unique opportunity we have to touch a young persons life and help them grow in the best way possible.
Words from Coach: “Ryan Riley has been a huge asset to our program at Sam Houston State University for the past 5 years. He has grown so much as an athlete and person. Ryan not only sets an example for others, but strives to make every persons experience here at SHSU a memorable one. His passion, dedication, work ethic, and personality will be missed. We are so proud of him, and we know he has a bright future ahead.”

Southern Illinois University

Name: Katie Hall
College: Southern Illinois University
Years on Team: 4
Future Plans: Katie is earning bachelor’s in Animal Science.
Words from Coach: “As a four-year member of the SIU spirit program, Katie worked under three different head coaches. Her Saluki pride and commitment to the university is unmistakable. As a senior, Katie was instrumental in assisting me in maintaining established traditions and clearing the way for a smooth transition my first year at SIU. She is an skilled tumbler and flyer. I appreciate her flexibility to step in to base and back as needed with a “we over me” mentality to ensure we could complete pyramids and partner stunts at any given game and event. Her attendance was impeccable over the course of her four years at SIU especially coverage over breaks and holidays as well as our many community services requirements. ”

 

Southern Methodist University

Name: Ashley Anthony
College: Southern Methodist University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2018-2020 Captain, 2017 National Champion, 2018 National Champion, 2019 Second Place
Future Plans: Ashley plans on attending nursing school and wants to go into geriatric nursing care!
Words from Coach: “Ashley’s leadership and positivity built a legacy at SMU Cheer. Her love for the university and teammates is second to none and she handles all situations with class, maturity and love. I am proud she was my captain for two years and will go do great things in the world.”

 

Southwestern Christian University

Name: Jean Marc
College: Southwestern Christian University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 2019 Collegiate National Champion
Future Plans: Jean Marc is getting married in September to one of our favorite people and recently joined team manager. They will eventually move to Haiti to build a teen refuge center and continue the mission work they do through mission of hope.
Words from Coach: “This student athlete came to America from Haiti. He first started as our mascot and one week before our first time competing in Daytona (three years ago) we had an athlete remove herself from the team. Jean Marc stepped in with NO prior experience and competed on the NCA college stage. He has been one of the biggest assets to our team since. Not only did we win last year with him on the mat- he was a vital piece in our efforts to go back to back this year. He has created a culture of family within this program. Watch for his solid toss lib and full twisting pop off in the routine.”

Name: Zach Ramirez
College: Southwestern Christian University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2018 Camp Rally Champion, 2019 NCA National Champion
Future Plans: After graduation, Zach is pursuing a career in the police department.
Words from Coach: “Zach was the very first male signee to Southwestern Christian University. He is also the first athlete to come in as a freshman and finish all four years to graduation. He is the glue that holds our team together. He is never out worked or out motivated. His love for the program is brightly seen and continues to push others to love and serve. Zach will be greatly missed.”

 

SUNY Buffalo State

Name: Sarah Walker
College: SUNY Buffalo State
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Placed 5th place in the NCA Nationals in the DIII Intermediate All-Girl. Received an application from NCA Cheer Camp to join staff. Captain for 3 out of the 4 years.
Future Plans: Receiving a Fine Arts degree leaves her with a few exciting options ahead. More exciting news she is hoping to work with Buffalo State Cheerleading as an assistant coach to continue her involvement on the growth of this program.
Words from Coach: “I entered this program in 2018 when Sarah was entering her Junior year. At that point, she dealt with 2 different coaches coming in and out of this program. The moment I took over, Sarah went above and beyond to help build and contribute to the success of our program. From manning information tables at open house, to encouraging former athletes to “trust” a new coach, to improving our program’s image by helping with game choreography and providing game bows for the team to wear. I can honestly say that we would not be half as successful as we are today if it was not for Sarah.”

 

Tarleton State University

Name: Elijah Imbong
College: Tarleton State University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 2019 NCA DII Game Day 2nd Place
Future Plans: Elijah will graduate in December 2020 with a bachelors of science in psychology and then pursue a masters in counseling! After school, Elijah’s goal is to become a Pediatric Psychologists for a hospital, ideally Cook Children’s Hospital for a couple years and then the plan is to go to medical school and get his Doctorate of Psychiatry and be a Pediatric Psychiatrist.
Words from Coach: “Elijah has been an amazing Texan Rider Mascot, it is a very unique mascot position and he has excelled with his fantastic school spirit and fun personality! Elijah will definitely be missed on campus as he has been the face of Tarleton State for the past two years.”

Name: Mason Reichenau
College: Tarleton State University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2016-2017 Most Valuable Cheerleader, 2017-2018 Commitment to Excellence & Most Valuable Cheerleader, 2018 NCA DII Game Day National Champion, 2018-2019 Commitment to Excellence, 2019 NCA DII Game Day 2nd Place
Future Plans: Mason will graduate in August 2020 with a bachelor of science in kinesiology. Upon graduation, Mason will pursue his masters at Tarleton while becoming the graduate assistant for cheer. After grad school Mason would like to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Words from Coach: “Mason has been an amazing asset to our cheer program as well as our school. Mason has dedicated all four years to this program growing immensely each year and becoming an amazing leader. I am super excited for Mason to continue his education as well as become the cheer graduate assistant and I can’t wait to see where he goes from there.”

Texas A&M University

Name: Anna Councill
College: Texas A&M University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 2018 & 2019 Intermediate All Girl IA National Champion
Future Plans: Anna is proudly graduating from Texas A&M in May with her Bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She will be furthering my education at the University of Texas Medical Branch to pursue a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. Anna’s long term goals include opening her own therapy practice with a specialization in pediatrics.
Words from Coach: “Anna loves the sport of cheerleading more than any athlete I have ever known. She is dedicated, hard working and holds herself and her team to the highest standard. Not only does she work hard on the mat but in the classroom as well. Anna will be graduating from one of the top universities in three years. She has big dreams and I am excited to see her achieve them!”

Name: Cameron Renfrow
College: Texas A&M University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 2019 Intermediate All Girl IA National Champion
Future Plans: Cameron will be graduating from Texas A&M in August with her Bachelors degree in Allied Health. She will be attending nursing school at Texas A&M in the fall. She plans to eventually earn her masters in nursing and become a labor and delivery nurse.
Words from Coach: “Cameron is a fighter. When she has a goal she will do everything within her power to achieve it. Not only does she work hard but she inspires the others around her to work hard as well.”

Name: Hannah Albright
College: Texas A&M University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 2018 & 2019 Intermediate All Girl IA National Champion, 2018-2019 Fundraising Officer, 2019-2020 Team Vice President
Future Plans: Hannah is 22 years old and from Prosper, Texas. She will be graduating in May from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Sociology. Hannah will be attending law school in the fall and hopes to open her own family law firm in the future.
Words from Coach: “Hannah is the type of athlete that is ALWAYS striving for perfection. Her consistency and leadership echos our team culture and demonstrates to other athletes the level dedication it takes to be apart of a national champion program. Hannah has also led our program by serving as the fundraising officer and most recently as VP. Off the mat she holds down a job, is a member of several academic groups on campus and is involved in her family’s foundation Hannah’s House.”

Name: Mari-tate Roush
College: Texas A&M University
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 2019 Intermediate All-Girl IA National Champion, Fundraising Officer 2019-2020
Future Plans: After graduation in August, Mari-tate will be moving back to Houston, Texas to be near her family. She plans to work in the marketing department for a sports media company. Mari-tate say’s, “I will continue to trust in God’s plan and I know that he will lead me on the right path for the next chapter of my life.”
Words from Coach: “Mari-tate has made a lasting impact on our program. She loves this team and this program. She is selfless and always willing to be there for her teammates. Mari-tate is able to see what drives each of her teammates and is able to uplift each of them in the way that helps them the most. She is driven and holds herself and team to the highest standards but is always good for a laugh when things get stressful. This past year she served as our fundraising officer and our honorary team prayer chaplain.”

 

Towson University

Name: Haley Weber
College: Towson University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Haley is a first year captain and 2-time NCA All-American. She is an NCA Staff member and has been on the Towson Nationals team for 4 years. Last year, Haley was part of the team that placed 4th in the NCA All-Girl Advanced D1 Division.
Future Plans: Haley plans to continue her cheer career as an NCA Staff Member and hopes to gain a job within NCA to only further her passion in cheer and with helping people.
Words from Coach: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Haley never gave up during her 4 years at Towson. She did whatever it took to make her team successful.”

Utah Valley University

Name: Baylie Clark
College: Utah Valley University
Years on Team: 3.5
Titles and Awards: Competed on Utah Valley University’s competition team placing 2nd and 3rd at NCA Nationals. Three time NCA College camp All American.
Future Plans: Baylie is graduating in the Social Work program at Utah Valley University and has obtained minors in Autism Studies and Substance Use Disorder Counseling.
Words from Coach: “Baylie has been an amazing asset to the Utah Valley University team. Baylie has a great work ethic and is always striving to improve her skills and push teammates to improve as well.”

Name: Curtis Finneman
College: Utah Valley University
Years on Team: 3.5
Titles and Awards: Curtis represented Utah Valley University on the bandshell at NCA Nationals for three years placing in the top three. Curtis also served as team Captain for two years and as the team social media director.
Future Plans: Curtis will be graduating in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management with a minor in Business Management. After graduation Curtis will continue working for the Social Media team at doTERRA.
Words from Coach: “Curtis is an extremely talented cheerleaders many times acting as the heart of our team, motivating, teaching and pushing everyone to be better. Curtis exemplifies everything it means to be a cheerleader. Curtis has left his mark on UVU and will surely be missed!”

Name: Keaten Mickelsen
College: Utah Valley University
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: Keaten served as Co-Captain and Captain during her 3 years at Utah Valley University. Keaten Competed all 3 years on the band shell in Daytona Beach representing Utah Valley University placing 2nd and 3rd. Keaten is a three time NCA College All American. Keaton also participated in the stunt group that won the top gun competition at the 2019 Las Vegas NCA Camp.
Future Plans: Keaten is graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Keaten plans to run her own tumbling business.
Words from Coach: “Keaten is an all around amazing cheerleader; a talented flyer, base, mid layer and tumbler! Keaten is a great leader, appreciated and loved by all her teammates.”

Name: Lizzy Rosenberg
College: Utah Valley University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Lizzy served as Co-Captain while at Utah Valley University. Lizzy was a part of the 2019 All Girl stunt group that won the honor of being named, Top Gun at the NCA Las Vegas Camp. Lizzy competed on Utah Valley University competition team performing on the band shell twice, placing 2nd and 3rd.
Future Plans: Lizzy will be graduating this spring with her bachelor’s degree from UVU and has been hired as the head cheer coach for Pleasant Grove High School.
Words from Coach: “Lizzy is an amazing person loved and respected by her teammates. Lizzy is always the hardest worker in the room forcing others around her to level up.”

Name: Savvy Jardine
College: Utah Valley University
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Savvy has worked as a cheer instructor for years teaching elite cheer camps all along the West Coast. Savvy represented Utah Valley University on the bandshell at NCA nationals 3 times placing 2nd and 3rd.
Future Plans: Savvy recently married her Mr. Right, Casdon Jardine. Savvy is graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.
Words from Coach: “Savvy is the ultimate, ‘Game Day’ cheerleader representing what it means to be a cheerleader. Savvy has been a strong leader on the UVU cheer squad since her first year on the team, making sure everyone feels included and motivated. Savvy will be missed at UVU.”

 

University of Arizona Club Cheer

Name: Caroline Dudas
College: University of Arizona Club Cheer
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: Team founder in 2015, Exec Board President (sophomore, junior and senior year), raised team to Club Sport Status (junior year), Assistant Coach and performing athlete (grad year 1 and 2), Arizona Club Sport Community Service Team Award 2019, Exec Board ex-officio (grad year 1 & 2), USA Collegiate Nationals 2020 3rd Place Small Coed Show Cheer Division I
Future Plans: Caroline will graduation with a BS in Psych (2018) and Masters in Public Administration in Spring 2020. She plans to work in the field of public service via state government agency with a focus on child and non-profit advocacy.
Words from Coach: “As the team founder, Caroline models all that is U of A Club Cheer. The continued work ethic, family atmosphere and drive for grass-roots success was all by her initiative and leadership.”

Name: Evyn McGraw
College: University of Arizona Club Cheer
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Exec Board President (senior year), Exec Board VP (junior year), Exec board Social Media chair (sophomore year), U of A Club Sport Exec Board (senior and junior year), 2019 USA/NCA Camp Bronze Bid, 3rd place camp overall Rally Routine, 1st place Rally Routine (small group), USA Collegiate Nationals 2020 3rd Place Small Coed Show Cheer Division I
Future Plans: Bachelor of Science in Public Health, emphasis health systems theory and practice Evyn will continue her career in Orange County working in hospice, focusing on Health administration, marketing and health management.
Words from Coach: “Evyn has always demonstrated a positive attitude and outstanding work ethic. She is a highly skilled athlete and leader on her team.”

 

University of Florida

Name: Kayla Eversen
College: University of Florida
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Orange Team Captain, Executive Board as Social Media Manager
Future Plans: Kayla has accepted a full time sales position in Atlanta and would like to continue cheer in the future in some capacity by coaching.
Words from Coach: “Kayla is one of the most dedicated athletes I have ever had the opportunity to coach. No matter what role she was put in she showed leadership and positivity. She is a great teammate, constantly pushes herself and has the most infectious smile that lights up a room. She made an impact on our program that will last for years to come and she will be greatly missed!”

 

University of Michigan

Name: Anders Barzdukas
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2019 Game Day Coed Div 1A National Champion, 2018 Game Day Coed Div 1A – third place, 2017 Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A – third place, College of Engineering Dean’s List 2016 – 2019, Cum GPA 3.7, VP of EnspiRED A Charity Arts Organization
Future Plans: Next year Anders will be going to the University of California: Santa Barbara to begin a PhD in experimental high energy physics.
Words from Coach: “Anders is a selfless teammate. He will do anything for the good of the program. He is an intellectual person who is fun to have a conversation with. He has set an example for the underclass athletes to follow, of hard work, putting the needs of the team over self and always maintaining a growth mindset. He is headed to grad school next year and will do great things in the physics world!”

Name: Joshua Nichols
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: 2019 Game Day Coed Div 1A National Champion, 2018 Game Day Coed Div 1A – third place, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Internationals Studies, Cum GPA 3.97, Investigative Intern for the Public Defender Service for District of Columbia 2018-19, University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Big Brother of the Year 2018-19, Barger Leadership Institute Fellow
Future Plans: Next year Josh will be returning to his home town of Chicago, to work at United Airlines as an associate analyst in the Loyalty program. He will also continue his work in Chicago with Big Brother Big Sister Organization of Metropolitan Chicago.
Words from Coach: “Passionate is the best word that describes Josh. He throws all of himself and more into everything he does – cheer, school, singing, work, you name it, he gives everything he’s got. He cares deeply about his teammates and has their back. He is a vocal, hard-working team member who has greatly influenced our culture to become more inclusive, caring and service-minded.”

Name: Joshua T. Sullivan
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2019 – Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A Champion team member and Captain, 2018 – Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A – 2nd place, 2017- Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A – 3rd place, Bachelor of Science in Interoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring, University of Michigan Global Brigades, multiple trips to Honduras to work in medical clinics on public health projects, 3.61 GPA, Executive Board for Phi Epsilon Kappa – Professional Kinesiology Fraternity, Volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister of Ann Arbor, Recipient of the 2019 Medsurant IONM Scholarship
Future Plans: Josh has accepted a job as Senior Surgical Neurophysiolobis at National Neuromonitoring in Dallas, TX.
Words from Coach: “Josh Sullivan has been a cornerstone of our program during the four years he has been on the Cheer Team. Josh is one of the finest young men I have had the honor of coaching at Michigan. He embodies all of the qualities..honesty, commitment, positivity, courage, perseverance… that make Michigan athletes “Leaders and Best”!

Name: Meghan Mesojedec
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: 2019 Intermediate Large Coed Division 1A Champion, Captain 2018, Intermediate Large Coed Division 1A – Second Place, Captain 2017, Intermediate Large Coed Division 1A – Third Place, University Honors Sophomore-Senior Year, University of Michigan Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award 2016-2019
Future Plans: Meghan has been admitted to Law School at Wayne State, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh. She is undecided at this time which law school she will attend.
Words from Coach: “I have been the head coach of the Michigan Cheer Team for 30 years. Meghan Mesojedec definitely falls into the top echelon of student-athletes I have coached, measured against hundreds of student-athletes during my tenure. Her maturity, clarity, communication skills and her ability to negotiate consensus make her an outstanding leader!”

Name: Nina Bourdeau
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 2019 Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A Champion, 2018 Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A – second place, 2017 Intermediate Large Coed Div 1A – third place, American Medical Student Association Mentor 2018-2019, Detroit Children’s Hospital Volunteer 2017, Honors program School of Kinesiology University of Michigan 2016-2019, Coleman Global Experience – Study Abroad program
Future Plans: Nina will be starting Medical School at Wayne State University.
Words from Coach: “As a senior member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team at the University of Michigan, Nina is an incredible leader to her peers. She quietly leads by example and is an ever-present and willing resource to her teammates. She is a tireless worker, always looking to improve and be a stronger asset to the team. Nina is an integral part of the competition team as someone who has a versatile and highly-technical skillset. Outside of athletics, Nina is finishing her rigorous undergraduate career in Honors Movement Science with a 3.801 grade point average and will be attending medical school this fall. Nina is a Physical Therapy Technician, the Treasurer for the Kidney Disease Screening Awareness Program, and a Motor Control Researcher for the University’s School of Kinesiology. In addition, she is a Mentor for the American Medical Student Association.”

Name: Riley Maher
College: University of Michigan
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: 2019 Game Day Div 1A National Champion, 2018 Game Day Div 1A – third place, Michigan OptiMize – Social Innovation Challenge Award Winner, Bachelor of Science in Information, Cum GPA 3.75, Ross School of Business Graduate Scholarship Winner for 2020, Community service: Mott Children’s Hospital, Nichols Arboretum Restoration Project Internship with Kevin Hertel Michigan State Representative, 2019 Intern with US Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, 2018 Intern with Henry Yanez, Michigan State Representative 2017-17
Future Plans: Next year Riley will be attending the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the Masters of Management program.
Words from Coach: “Riley is resilient. Whenever he is faced with adversity, he gets right back up with a smile on his face. He’s a gentle giant of a man with a lot of hidden strength. Riley is an incredibly dedicated team member always eager to help his teammates, willing to sacrifice his body for another, or keep going for a better rep. He is always determined to put a smile on his team and coaches’ faces with a goofy dance or song, all in an effort to make the long, tiring practices a little bit better.”

 

University of Missouri

Name: Austin Walker
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Truman the Tiger won 2nd place at the NCA College Mascot competition in 2019
Future Plans: Austin is an up and coming TV Broadcaster/Reporter. As a student, he already works full time for the local news affiliate for the University of Missouri.
Words from Coach: “Austin’s passion, creativity, and energy is evident in his lively performances on Gameday. He brought the props, story line and skit to life in the Mascot competition, working diligently on every detail. Austin’s dedication to Truman has elevated the program both in creative concepts and overall presentation.”

Name: Libby Schroeder
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Throughout her Mizzou Cheerleading career, her team placed 6th, 6th and 7th place in the Large Coed Division 1A. Libby was captain of the squad her Senior Year.
Future Plans: Libby has accepted a job as an Account Executive with a digital advertising agency in Kansas City.
Words from Coach: “Libby is a leader in both words and action. She has keen awareness of what her team needs to to be successful, and always steps up to make sure that happens. Libby overcame injury, stayed steadfast in her skills, and was diligent in her work ethic. Mizzou Cheerleading will miss Libby, not only for her exceptional skill as a middle layer, but also for her passion and dedication to her team.”

Name: Zoe Montgomery
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: University of Missouri Large Coed 1A placed 6th, 6th, and 7th place while Zoe was a member of the squad.
Future Plans: Zoe will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. She will then go to Sacramento, CA as a Gold Bar Recruiter before starting tech school as an Intelligence officer at Goodfellow Air Force Base.
Words from Coach: “Zoe has the drive and dedication of a champion. She is competitive, hard working and determined. Always working to achieve new skills, Mizzou Cheerleading has greatly benefited from her willingness to put in the work to be the best.”

Name: GiGi Buttacavoli
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: While a member of the team, Mizzou earned 2nd (2017), and 3rd place (2018 and 2019) in the All Girl Division 1A. They also earned a Silver Bid at camp in 2019. GiGi was one of the captains her senior season.
Future Plans: GiGi will attend Graduate School at Rush University in Chicago, studying Vascular Ultrasound.
Words from Coach: “GiGi is a very dedicated athlete, and a positive, upbeat leader. She has lots of ideas and eager to help her team do what is necessary to be successful. Not only was she a valued member of the team, but she was also a fantastic ambassador of Mizzou Cheer to fans and children, always making them feel special.”

Name: Madi Lendino
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: While on the team, Mizzou earned a 2nd (2017) ane 3rd place (2018,2019) place in the All Girl Division 1A. They were the Camp Crowd Involvement Routine Champions earning them a Silver Bid at camp in 2019. Madi is also one of the Senior Captains for the 2019-2020 season.
Future Plans: Madi had accepted a position as an Academy Consultant for Cerner in Kansas City.
Words from Coach: “Madi is steadfast in her leadership. She always led by example, going to extra mile to demonstrate what it takes to be successful. Always the Encourager, she took time to make sure everyone on the team felt valued and that she believed in them. Mizzou Cheerleading has benefited from her emphasis on discipline, hard work, and always having a smile on her face.”

Name: Karah Wardell
College: University of Missouri
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: While on the team, Mizzou earned a 3rd place finish in both 2018 and 2019 in the All Girl Division 1A. They also won 1st place in the Crowd Involvement competition leading to a Silver Bid at Camp in 2019.
Future Plans: Karah will graduate in December with a Business degree. This summer, she has an internship with Boeing working in the supply chain.
Words from Coach: “Karah is a hard worker who always strives for her best. She is a dependable teammate, encouraging and brings a positive energy for the team. Mizzou Cheer benefited from her because she always made the necessary corrections to improve her skills.”

 

University of North Texas

Name: Bailey North
College: University of North Texas
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Bailey is a four year vet who was All Girl Captain in 2018-2019 and was program captain this year in charge of all of our social media and marketing. Bailey graduated in May 2019 and decided to stay for year four and applied to grad school. She was determined to win a Game Day title this year in Daytona. Bailey works directly with our spirit coordinator in Student Activities to assist in all spirit events and appearances. Bailey was a part of our Camp Game Day Championship in 2018 and 2019! 2017 – 3rd Place Small Intermediate Coed, 2018 – 2nd Place Game Day
Future Plans: Bailey has a BS in Rehabilitation Studies and is working on a masters in Rehabilitation counseling. She wants to work in private practice rehabilitation facility eventually.
Words from Coach: “Bailey is a shining example of all the kids that I’m truly blessed to coach at UNT. She loves her university, our cheer program, and is simply a good person inside and out.”

Name: Jarod Gonzalez
College: University of North Texas
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Jarod is a four year vet and has been Coed Captain in 2018 and 2019 seasons. He was about of the Camp Game Day Championship Gold Bid Winning team in 2018 & 2019, 2017- 3rd Place in Intermediate Small Coed, 2018 – 2nd Place in Game Day
Future Plans: Jarod missed getting into the Naval Academy in 2016 on the last cut. He was only going to be at UNT for one year, but decided to stick around for four! He graduates in May with a degree in political science and will be joining the U.S. Navy as an officer this summer. His ultimately dream is to be a Navy Seal.
Words from Coach: “Jarod is a true role model for what I love in our program. He embodies hard work, dedication, leadership, fierceness, competitiveness, loyalty, and commitment.”

 

University of Pittsburgh Johnstown

Name: Danielle DuBrosky
College: University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Years on Team: 3
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals 2019 – Fourth Place, NCA Nationals 2018 – Fifth Place, Co-Vice President of the Cheerleading Organization 2018-2020, one of the Senior Captains 2019-2020
Future Plans: Dani will graduate with a degree in Early Education and Special Education. She aspires to be an Autistic Support Teacher.
Words from Coach: “Dani has a personality that sets the tone at every practice, always fun and uplifting towards the coaches and the team. She is always positive and when things get rough, Dani finds a solution by putting the emphasis on team work and how together, we can overcome anything. The team looks to her with issues and concerns. At the end of it all, everyone involved is laughing and accomplishing the goal.”

Name: Emily Kaczmarek
College: University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals 2019 – Fourth Place, NCA Nationals 2018 – Fifth Place, NCA Nationals 2017 – Seventh Place, President of the Cheerleading Organization 2018-2020, one of the Senior Captains 2019-2020
Future Plans: Emily will graduate with a degree in Surgical Technology. She recently was offered and accepted a full time position as a Surgical Technician in the Operating Room at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Words from Coach: “Emily is an excellent role model for the team, in the classroom, in the community, and in the gym. Her strong work ethic and organizational skills made a lasting impression on everyone she has ever been on a team with.”

Name: Samantha Przywara
College: University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: NCA Nationals 2019 – Fourth Place, NCA Nationals 2018 – Fifth Place, NCA Nationals 2017 – Seventh Place, Treasurer of the Cheerleading Organization 2018-2020, one of the Senior Captains 2019-2020
Future Plans: Sam will graduate with a Marketing degree. She plans to start a career working in real estate.
Words from Coach: “Sam is always a team player. She always looks to see how she can better herself and get stronger and have better technique for the team. She taught the team that no matter how many years you have been apart of something, we all need to come together and help one another.”

 

University of Texas Tyler

Name: Caitlyn Wilcoxson
College: University of Texas Tyler
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: Nationals Team 2019
Future Plans: Caitlyn’s plans after UT Tyler are to go back to school and get her Radiology degree.
Words from Coach: “Caitlyn was a fantastic transfer athlete we were able to have for two years. She brought so much talent into the program from her tumbling, to stunting. She literally could do it all from co-ed stunting to every position if needed. Thank you for your hard work Caitlyn!”

Name: Mackenzie Bernardino
College: University of Texas Tyler
Years on Team: 2
Titles and Awards: Head Leadership, Leadership Award
Future Plans: After completion of her BA in Psychology, Mackenzie plans on continuing her education at UT Tyler by working towards her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Words from Coach: “Mackenzie has grown tremendously as not only an athlete but also a leader in our program. She has shown the other athletes what it looks like to overcome set backs and injuries and she made the most out of her senior season with us.”

 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Name: Belle Pappalardo
College: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Years on Team: 5
Titles and Awards: Captain for 3 years, UCA staff member, 6th, 8th, and 9th place at NCA Nationals in the Small Coed 1 division.
Future Plans: After finishing her Masters Degree, Belle plans to pursue a career that deals with water conservation and environmental outreach. She also has aspirations to become a cheerleading coach.
Words from Coach: “Belle was going into her third year on the team when we came in as new coaches for the program. She was such a help in getting us up to speed on traditions and setting the tone for the rest of the team. She was a clear choice for captain and served that role for the entirety of us coaching her.”

Name: Rachael Varin
College: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Years on Team: 4
Titles and Awards: Voted MVP her first year on the team, voted the leadership award by her peers. 8th place NCA College Nationals in the Small Coed D1 Division. UCA Staff member.
Future Plans: Rachael is currently pursuing a career in architecture and plans to receive her Masters at UWM. She also aspires to become a cheerleading coach.
Words from Coach: “Rachael is an all around talented athlete that leads by example. Her positivity and willingness to work with others on the team makes she shine.”

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