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Former Comets to continue competitive cheerleading careers in college

Ashley-Rose Alberts, Sami Starke and Mallory Shealy, three seniors from the 2012 graduating class of Halifax County High School, plan to continue their competitive cheerleading careers in college.

All three have tried out and made the teams at their respective schools.  Alberts, will attend Ferrum College, Sami Starke will attend James Madison University, and Mallory Shealy will also be attending Ferrum College. 

Alberts and Shealy will be attending Ferrum College in the fall as a member of the Panthers all-girl competition team.  The Panthers’ squad attended the USA South Conference Cheerleading Competition this year, placing third.

Mallory is looking forward to the team-bonding experiences she will encounter while on the team.

“I’ve wanted to cheer at Ferrum for about two years because my sister did, and I’ve always been her little follower through everything,” said Shealy.

“High school cheer taught me that we are a huge family, added Shealy.

“Everyone needs to be part of a family, especially in a new place.  I’ll always have someone there for me, and I’ll be there for them.

“I’ve been a cheerleader since I was five, and it’s always been the one sport or activity that I stuck with. 

“College without cheer would have been an unknown place for me because I’ve always had a team, a family.

“I love cheerleading, and being on Ferrum’s squad is the next step for me as a cheerleader,” said Alberts.

“I am very happy to be a part of this team and plan to listen, learn, and bond with my new cheer squad.”

Starke will attend James Madison University as a member of the JMU coed competition team.

JMU captured the National
Cheerleading Association National Championship in the Intermediate Coed Division earlier this year. 

“Making the JMU cheerleading squad was something I had dreamed of and worked for ever since I knew JMU was where I wanted to be,” said Starke.

“When I was in the 10th grade, I realized that it was going to take more than just exercising once or twice a week to make a coed cheerleading squad, especially with having to switch positions from a base to a flyer or top girl.”

“I trained in Richmond at least twice a month and improved all of my skills,” added Starke.

“I even made the transformation to flyer with lots of hard work and practice.  Preparing for this opportunity wasn’t easy, but it definitely paid off.”