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Cheerleaders get ready for seasons

BHS cheerleaders perform for parents at the end of their cheer camp this week.

Bainbridge High School varsity cheerleaders have been busy preparing for the upcoming football season and their cheerleading competition season.

This past week, they held a cheerleading camp; on Monday, Florida State University cheerleading coach Staci Sutton visited to work with the BHS cheerleaders on their stunt skills. They also learned their competition routine in preparation for hosting the Bearcat Cheer Classic competition on Sept. 17.

“[Sutton] taught all of us the necessary stunting skills and techniques to compete in the state of Georgia and the new stunts that are required by GHSA this year,” said Michael Jones, captain of the BHS varsity cheerleaders. “Not only was she a great help teaching us our new stunts, but she kicked off our week on a great note!”

The cheerleaders will also be supporting the football team at its Midnight Madness practice on Sunday night.

“We’ve been working hard and we accomplished a lot during the three days of camp,” Jones said. “I’m really excited to be a part of this year’s squad!”

The varsity cheerleaders are coached by Lea Hawkins.

Varsity cheerleaders include senior captain Michael Jones, junior co-captain Searcy Smith, seniors Morgan Rogers and Charlton Reynolds and juniors Maddie McIntosh, Jalyn Harris, Katie Faythe Roland and Erin Kirkus.

Sophomore varsity cheerleaders are Hannah Bius, Emma Kate Smith, Anna Lee Wiggins, Holly Long and Kay Bush.

Freshmen varsity instructors are Anna Beth Bowles, Malasia-Ali-Taylor, Raylyn Willis, Sarah Margaret Enfinger and Takari Murphy.

Junior varsity cheerleaders are captain Stephanie Mayfield, co-captain Jamania Washington, Kiemyatta Jones, Andrecia Jackson, Erin Caplain, Abbie Jones, Larsyn Duke, Aaliyah Mitchell and Madison Hughes.

The junior varsity cheerleading coach is Jessica McClendon.