Hard work pays off for fu­ture KSU Owl Al­lie Durham

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst

The Ken­ne­saw State Univer­sity cheer­lead­ing ros­ter will con­tinue to have an ex­treme north­west Ge­or­gia pres­ence this fall as LaFayette High School alum Al­lie Durham re­cently signed on to join the Owls’ ros­ter.

“This day means a lot,” Durham said. “I’ve worked very hard to go to Ken­ne­saw. At first, I didn’t think I was go­ing to be able to go, but on Hon­ors Day, I found out I got in, so now I’m go­ing to be able to go to school and cheer for them and I’m very, very ex­cited. It’s a big step.”

Af­ter be­gin­ning her cheer­lead­ing ca­reer in the fifth grade, Durham has been a main­stay for the Or­ange-andBlack, while also show­ing off her ath­letic abil­i­ties out­side of the cheer­lead­ing realm.

This past spring, Durham was a mem­ber of the Lady Ram­blers’ track team and proved her worth in the triple jump. She won the event in a three-team home meet in late March with a mark of 29-feet, 5.5-inches. She also placed third in a meet at Her­itage and took fourth place in the Re­gion 6-AAAA cham­pi­onships at Southeast Whit­field in April.

“Al­lie is a tremen­dous ath­lete,” LaFayette cheer coach Nicole Harris ex­plained. “She trained very hard and she worked very hard. She put in a lot of ex­tra time out­side of our reg­u­lar prac­tice time. She’s a very de­ter­mined young lady with a drive and a will like no other.

“I think she’s go­ing to do great. I never doubted, even from the time when she was

cheer­ing in mid­dle school, that she would not take it to the next level and cheer in col­lege. I’m very proud of her.”

Durham said the at­mos­phere at KSU ap­pealed to her.

“It’s like a big fam­ily and it just feels like home away from home,” she con­tin­ued. “I’m go­ing to bring my ath­letic abil­ity, a hard­work­ing work ethic and my pas­sion for cheer­ing to rep­re­sent them.”

Durham said she is con­sid­er­ing a ma­jor in En­gi­neer­ing.

Former LaFayette High cheer­leader Bailey Jones was a se­nior on this year’s KSU squad.

(Photo by Scott Herpst)

On hand to watch Al­lie Durham (seated, cen­ter) of­fi­cially be­come a mem­ber of the Ken­ne­saw State cheer­lead­ing squad was Gra­cie Hess and LaFayette cheer coach Nicole Harris. On the back row were Ben, Olivia and Malo­rie Durham, Deshia Dew, Amy Durham and...

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