Cheerleader of the Year to be announced
The Putnam County High School competition cheerleading squad will have five senior cheerleaders representing the high school on Saturday, Aug. 1, in the 2020 Georgia All-State Cheerleading competition and Cheerleader of the Year.
The event, held statewide with cheerleaders from all classifications in the Georgia High School Association, will be held at Columbus State University.
Nearly 200 nominees competed last fall to be named to the Georgia All-State squad. The applicants were judged on scholarship applications, interviews and performances and 50 percent of the score was based on the application for the Cheerleader of the Year nod and will be added to the interview and performance for the final score.
Representing Putnam will be seniors Iris Lopez, Chloe Ross, Jamyla Bailey, Syrai Evans and India Keith. These girls will also be eligible to be named to the Cheer Team of the Year.
“We should do very well,” said Putnam Cheer coach April Smith. “These girls have worked hard and they are deserving.”
In other Putnam cheerleading news, the competition cheer squad did not begin conditioning workouts on Monday alongside football, girls basketball and JROTC Raider training.
Because of the “no contact” rules in play for the conditioning workouts, mats are not allowed, thus eliminating tumbling and other contact floor exercises. Smith noted the time lost before the mandatory July “dead week” will be made up once the cheer squad goes full speed ahead in July.
“We can make up for the ‘dead week,’” she said. “I have given workouts for the girls to do on their own at home including jumps and other things they can do. Until we get the green light for full contact, we’ll have to work it this way and be patient. There isn’t anything we can do about it so there isn’t any reason to get upset.”
Smith praised athletic director Paul Stokes for his careful procedural plan to make sure all the rules are followed for all sports to protect all student athletes and coaches.
“He is being conservative to keep everyone safe,” she added. “It will all work out until a final decision is made going forward.”