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Keeping up with Jones: THS Senior tries to become UGA cheerleader

Michelle Jones wants to be a bulldog in college too.


Thomson High School Senior Michelle Jones poses by her car, adorned with good luck wishes.

The Thomson High cheerleader recently took a shot at becoming a Georgia Bulldog cheerleader.

But the Thomson High School senior didn't make the final group of 12

"I didn't make it, but it was fun. The first day was hard, but it was fun," Michelle said.

She was one of about 40 girls and 14 boys vying for a spot in the final 12 cheerleaders during the April 22-25 tryouts in Athens.

There were lots of requirements participants had to know how to do including the fight song, band dances, stunts, a standing back tuck, running tumbling, a fitness test, push-ups and sit-ups.

Michelle said of the entire experience that she enjoyed stunting with the guys the most.

"I felt sturdy, and I knew I could pull anything in the air, because I knew he wasn't going to let me fall," she said.

Michelle's advice for others who might consider trying out for any college cheerleading spot is to know how to tumble.

"For anybody who does decide to try out, tumbling is a must have, but the stunts are fun," she added.

Although she was not successful this year, Michelle plans on trying out again next year.

In the meantime she said she will stay busy by joining a sorority and majoring in exercise science to become a physical therapist.

Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004

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