Last Saturday hopefuls arrived at the Athletics Building on College Drive looking to see if they made the Dalton State cheer squad. At 5 p.m. the list was posted with 16 veterans from last year’s squad and 14 new members.
Team Roster: Kaitlyn Alexander; Emmy Ayers; Stacia Baker; Mariel Broadrick; Jazmine Burson; Jordan Collins; Arika Culp; Anthony Donaldson; Corsha Driver; Madison Ellis; Shania Green; Amber Halenar; Gavin Hill; Sumer Jenkins; Tessa Lawson; Rachel Lockhart; Ashley Lovain; Alexandria Martin; Manuel Montelongo; Dominique Nikki Moss; Austin Olson; Kourtney Owens; Maci Price; Lauren Ready; Jasmine Richardson; Kristan Skiffen; Tori Stainton; Kandace Voyles; Austin West; Emily Williams
Competition Roster: Kaitlyn Alexander; Jasmine Burson; Jordan Collins; Arika Culp; Shania Green; Rachel Lockhart; Ashley Lovain; Manuel Montelongo; Kourtney Owens ; Kristan Skiffen; Tori Stanton; and Austin West
Manager: Jordan Sattler
Amber Halenar will be joining Dalton State as a freshman where she hopes to major in Nursing. Ms. Halenar is from Rossville, GA where she attended Ridgeland High School. She chose Dalton State to further her education and wants to be a nurse anesthetist. When Ms. Halenar is not cheering, she enjoys being with her friends and family.
Shania Green, from Euharlee, GA, will be a freshman majoring in Physical Education in the Fall of 2014. Ms. Green previously attended Woodland High School where she was the varsity cheering leader from 2011-2014. During her high school career, Ms. Green was part of the GHSA Region 5-AAAA Regional Champions and was gymnastics student of the year in 2011. Ms. Green chose Dalton State to be part of an upcoming cheer program. When she is not cheering, she enjoys running. After college, Ms. Green plans on joining the Air Force and becoming a nutritionist.
Gavin Hill will join Dalton State to major in General Studies. The 6’1’’ freshman plans on completing his college degree and one day owning his own physical therapy program. When Mr. Hill is not cheering, he enjoys playing basketball.
Tori Stainton graduated third in her class and was a scholar graduate from North Murray High School. The 4’11’’ freshman to be plans on majoring in Dental Hygiene at Dalton State. Ms. Stainton chose Dalton State because it is local and she has heard how great of a cheer program Dalton State has to offer.
Dominique Nikki Moss, who previously attended Dalton High School, will be joining Dalton State to major in Early Childhood Education as a sophomore. Ms. Moss chose Dalton State to be able to meet new people and to get an education. After college, Ms. Moss wants to be able to teach elementary school kids and to give back to the community.
Lauren Ready, from Chattanooga previously attended East Hamilton High School. The 5’3’’ sophomore will come to Dalton State to major in Art Education and hopes to teach art when she graduates. Ms. Ready chose Dalton State because of the success of the cheer program. When Ms. Ready is not cheering she enjoys hanging out with family and friends and getting her nails done.
Emily Williams graduated from Murray County High School with academic honors. The 5’3” freshman to be will be joining Dalton State to major in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Williams is a member of the sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, which was established recently. She chose Dalton State because it will further her education and be close to home as well.
Kaitlyn Alexander, from Summerville, GA, graduated from Chattooga High School with academic honors. She was part of the undefeated competition cheer squad her junior year and was named best flyer in 2014. The 5’0’’ freshman will join Dalton State to major in Nursing, hoping to work at a hospital as a RN and later start a family. Ms. Alexander chose Dalton State because it was close to home and the wonderful athletics program.
Anthony Donaldson is a first generation college student from Rome, GA. Mr. Donaldson attended Georgia Highlands College previously, where he was the first to receive the GHAME Award (Georgia Highlands African-American and Minority Male Excellence). The 5’9” senior has been a SOAR Leader and is majoring in Mathematics at Dalton State. He hopes to one day become a math teacher after college. Mr. Donaldson chose Dalton State because he wanted to get his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Jazmine Burson, from Summerville, GA, attended Chattooga High School where she part of the undefeated competition squad her junior year and was named best dancer, most outstanding junior, and best jumps in 2013-2014. The 5’7” freshman will join Dalton State to major in Biology. She chose Dalton State because it was closer to home and she was interested in the cheerleading program. After college, Ms. Burson plans on pursuing athletic training.
Stacia Baker graduated with honors from North Murray County High School. The 5’4” freshman plans to major in Dental Hygiene. Ms. Baker chose Dalton State because it is a local college and she has heard great things about the entire school. When Ms. Baker is not cheering, she enjoys dancing and teaching dance at the Performing Arts Unlimited.
Sumer Jenkins graduated from Ringgold High School, where she lettered in Varsity Cheerleading. The 5’3” freshman will come to Dalton State to major in Biology. Ms. Jenkins chose Dalton State because it was close to her family and was easy traveling. After college, Ms. Jenkins hopes to be successful and fulfill her dreams. “No matter how many times you fall, get back up and try again.”