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o,ch iRYi3orter ! Mary Persons Varsity Competition Cheerleadlng Squad individual award winners Mary Persons Varsity Spirit Cheerleading Squad individual award winners in- include from left to right: Campbell Brown -- Most Improved Award, Macy Morris -- clude from left to right: Harlie Holmes -- Most Improved Award, Sleighton Thomas Top Dog Award, Highest Grade Point Average (GPA) Award, Nakayla Jackson -- Lead- -- Most Spirited Award, Sunny DeVane -- Coach's Award, Kierra Hughley -- Leader- ership Award, Taniyah Dewberry -- Most Committed Award, and Kaylee Gordon ship Award, Abby Ivey -- Highest GPA Award, and Abby Watson -- Top Dog Award. -- Most Spirited Award, Coach's Award. (Photo/Conni Tane) (Photo/Conni Tane) Mary Persons JV Cheerleading Squad individual Mary Persons senior cheerleader Macy Morris (left) Monroe County Middle School Spirit Cheerleading award winners include from left to right: Ashley r gan received the Dorothy Bazemore Scholarship Award from Squad individual award winners include from left to right: -- Leadership Award, Coach's Award, Amaya Web -- Top the award's namesake Dot Bazemore (right) at Monday's Emily Starr -- Coach's Award, Top Dog Award, and Dog Award, Jasmyn Porter -- Most Spirited Award. MP cheerleading banquet. (Photo/Conni Tane) Walker Tonn -- Most Improved Award. Not pictured: Lily Not pictured: Emma Ruth Grizzard -- Most Improved McBride -- Leadership Award, and Willow Waldrep -- Award. (Photo/Conni Tane) Most Spirited Award. (Photo/Conni Tane) Monroe County Middle School Competition Cheer- leading Squad individual winners include from left to right: Miah Barkley -- Leadership Award, Emma Fox -- Coach's Award, Maycie Smith -- Most Improved Award, Kenley Morris -- Top Dog Award, and Ava Nelson -- Most Spirited Award. (Photo/Conni Tane) Mary Persons Varsity Cheerleading Scholar-Athletes m GHSA, in partnership with Varsity Brands, Inc offered a new competition this year in cheerleading called the Game Day Invitational. In contrast to the competitions traditionally held in the fall, this event was geared toward high school Var- sity Spirit squads and was hosted by Putnam County High School on February 23, 2019. It proved to be a tremendous success! The divisions were 1A-3A, 4A- 5A, and 6A-7A, and teams com- peted in areas they typically use to lead a crowd on "Game Day" at any given football or basket- ball game. The day was divided into three separate timeframes for each category to be judged: Cheer, Band Chant, and Fight Song. The five teams scoring the highest in these three catego- ries moved on to the finals and then combined all of these areas in an additional three-minute routine. Not knowing exactly how the competition would measure up, it was definitely a challenge tO prepare for, but one Mary Persons Cheer was ready for. Coaches Kyle Ward, Laura Nelson, Rachael Scott, and Jennifer Web compiled a 19-mem- ber Game Day team with cheerleaders from the MPHS V Spirit, V Comp, and IV squads. These girls practiced together for only five weeks working around other activities and commit- ments and developed a solid routine which not only showed off their skills and abili- ties but also impressed the judges. Using MP crowd favorites, the girls upped their game by implementing use of signs, pompoms, and flags which exact- ed a roaring response from the fans there to support them. The Mary Persons Game Day squad took 3rd place out of 11 teams in the state coming in just behind 1st place Denmark High School in Alpharetta (which will be mov- ing into the 7-A division at the MP cheerleading team members include: pictured from left to right on the front row: Linda CarvajaI-Jacinto, Trinity Stokes, Kaylee Gordon, Calliway Selman and Abby Watson. Pictured from left to right on the middle row: Kennedie Bur- ston, Jasmyn Porter, Alyssa Green, Abney Langer, McKenzie Hancock, Harlie Holmes, Abby Ivey, Ashleigh Slaughter and Amaya Web. Pictured from left to right on the back row: head coach Kyle Ward, assistant coach Rachael Scott, Madal- ynne Scott, Sleighton Thomas, Courtney Whatley, Emmy Tane, Ashley Fagan, assistant coach Laura Nelson and assistant coach Jennifer Web. (Photo/Conni Tane) next realignment) and 2nd place proud of their effort, their dedi- Friday nights to be even more Wayne County High School in cated teamwork, and ultimately exciting in the fall as these girls Jesup. their successful execution of employ a new and more innova- MP coaches and parents are so all they had prepared! Look for tire sideline presence!