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FHHS Cheerleader National Runner-up
(Fayetteville, NC) â€“ Local senior cheerleader Brittany Thomas from Forest Hills High School represented Union County and the State of North Carolina at the National Cheer Conference and Competition. After a nomination from her coach, Michelle Black, Brittany was named first runner-up in the National Cheerleader of the Year competition and received $1500 in college scholarships that she intends to use while attending UNC Chapel Hill next year. The first place winner, a senior from New Jersey, will be the spokesperson for Cheer Ltd. and can be seen in many upcoming cheerleading magazines and advertisements.
The top finalists from high school juniors and seniors nationwide were named for the 2010 National Cheerleader of the Year Scholarship Competition March 29, 2010 by the National Selection Committee, a group of spirit industry coaches, state association leaders, and cheerleading experts. Preliminary scores were derived from an application process which included a resume, letters of endorsement, official transcript of grades, a talent video, and an interview. Brittany excelled in the interview process scoring the first ever perfect 100 in the history of the competition in that portion.
The finalists traveled to Fayetteville, NC May 21-23, 2010 to compete for $4,500 of scholarship monies and to attend the 2010 National Cheer Conference where they had the opportunity to interact with the top college coaches in the country recruiting cheerleaders for their programs as well as learn the current trends in choreography, safety, and leadership.
The National Cheerleader of the Year Scholarship Competition was established in 1992 in recognition of the nationâ€™s most talented cheerleaders. The award is given in conjunction with the National Cheer Conference (CheerCon) by their parent company Cheer Ltd., Inc. Nominations are solicited from athletic directors, principals, and cheerleading coaches with final selection determined by the Cheer Ltd. Advisory Board and the National Selection Committee. Nominees must be current juniors or seniors in high school with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Written by: Melissa Howell
Posted: Jun 16, 2010 by Melissa Howell