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Lockett, Purcell vie for Cheerleader OTY title

Swainsboro High School was represented by two competitors, Malaysia Lockett and Melanie Purcell, at the 2021 Cheerleader of the Year competition held at Columbus State University on Saturday, August 7.

According to Principal Brandon Andrews, SHS had great performances. He said, “We did not make the top 10, but we did make the top 30 out of 150 applicants. That is something to be very proud of!”

Accompanying Lockett and Purcell to the competition was head cheer coach Luci McNeely. She said about their performances, “Both Malaysia and Melanie shined while performing for Cheerleader of the Year. The experience of this process through the application, interview, and performance appearance will only help them when determining their next steps during their senior year. They represented SHS with great pride and were cheered on by teammates and family members that made the drive to Columbus.”

Fellow cheer coaches Bob McNeely and Whitney Brown were also among the individuals who made the trip.

Cheerleader of the Year is a statewide scholarship program funded by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association. Member coaches nominate rising senior cheerleaders who have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and those nominated then must complete an application that includes all of their honors and awards, community work, grades, classes, test scores, and other factors. There is also an essay component, and several letters of recommendation from coaches and other community members are required.

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