Scruggs gives GNTC some­thing to cheer about

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Cheer Cats con­tin­ued to add to their 2018-2019 ros­ter as they picked up a sig­na­ture from ath­letic Dal­ton High School se­nior Mag­gie Scruggs last Tues­day.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Scruggs said. “I’m re­ally proud of my­self and I’m ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds.”

Cheer Cats head coach Karen Stoker said she and Scruggs cor­re­sponded by email on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and she met with Scruggs and her fa­ther, Will, be­fore Mag­gie de­cided to try­out for the team.

“What I wit­nessed blew me away,” Stoker ex­plained. “She ac­cu­mu­lated per­fect scores in chants, dance, pike jump, stand­ing tum­bling, stunt­ing and in her in­ter­view.

“She will bring great mo­tions, beau­ti­ful jumps, en­er­getic dance and a loud voice to the side­lines. She will bring ex­cel­lent form and tech­nique in stunt­ing and ex­tremely strong run­ning and stand­ing tum­bling. Her stand­ing tum­bling in­cludes four back hand­springs and she also boasts a round­off tuck and a round-off back hand­spring for her run­ning tum­bling.”

Scruggs said hav­ing a back­ground in gym­nas­tics helps.

“I was a gym­nast all my life, but switched to cheer­lead­ing when I was in sev­enth grade,” she ex­plained. “I’m a team player. I’m re­ally strong at stunt­ing and tum­bling, so I think, al­laround, I’m pretty good. I also like the sur­gi­cal tech­ni­cian pro­gram that (GNTC) has and that it’s close to home.”

“She’s a team player and an en­cour­ager,” Stoker added. “We’re very for­tu­nate to have snagged this won­der­ful ath­lete.”

On hand at Ge­or­gia North­west­ern to see Dal­ton High School se­nior Mag­gie Scruggs (seated, sec­ond from left) sign on to be­come a mem­ber of the Cheer Cats was Will Scruggs, Sara Hoover and Robin Scruggs. Also there for the cer­e­mony was GNTC Cheer Cat...

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