Bobcat cheerleaders take top honors at UCA Camp

The Jones cheerleaders won several awards, including Overall Game Day champions, during the UCA Cheer Camp July 19-22 at the University of Alabama. (Photo submitted)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Jones County Junior College Bobcat cheerleaders won several awards at the recent UCA College Cheer Camp.

Jones cheerleaders competed in the Open-Coed Division at the camp, which was held July 19-22 at the University of Alabama.

Coach Kayla Hankins’ Bobcats took first place in Fight Song and were Overall Game Day champions. They won the Tradition Award, Upcoming Squad Award and finished second in Sideline and Timeout. Jones won the Leadership Award as voted on by all of the junior college/community colleges.

Sophomore Mackenzie Jordan of Laurel said, “This week we learned with hard work, determination and team work anything is possible.”

Sophomore Ali Coleman of Sumrall added, “This week was a success for us because we set short team goals back at home. We worked hard to meet those goals. One main goal for camp was to take in and learn as much as we could as the UCA staff could offer. We took the knowledge the UCA staff gave us and came home as Overall Game Day champs!”

The Bobcat cheerleading squad consists of sophomores Jordan, Coleman, Gabryele Battise (Ocean Springs), Ivy Depriest (Brandon), Ty Adams (Madison), Dakota Fin- erman (D’Iberville), Jamar James (Leroy, Alabama), Derek Ladner (Gulfport), Blake Morrison (Mobile, Ala.) and McKenzie Richardson (Tupelo). Freshmen are Cryslynn Boman (Butler, Ala.), Kate Broom (Laurel), Haley Kim (Gulfport), Baili Meadows (Richton), Brianna Tisdale (Purvis), Reagan Verret (New Augusta), Sydney Whigham (Millry, Ala.), Kohl Gilbert (Winfield, Ala.), Hunter Henderson (Mobile, Ala.), Andrew Kirkland (Petal), Dawson Lowery (Petal), Jansen Parker (Wiggins), Drew Stanley (Wiggins) and Logan Terwilliger (Gulfport).

Mascots are Briggs Cox (Forest), Garrett Griffin (Morton) and Rogers Wesley (Vicksburg). Tara Williamson (Mendenhall) is the manager.

The cheerleaders are preparing for the JCJC football opener, which will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at home vs. Coahoma.

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