Carroll County High School’s cheerleading team earned the right to performs at the 50-yard line with other cheerleaders from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina during the ACC Championship football game Dec. 7 between Duke and Florida State in Charlotte, N.C.
A total of 285 cheerleaders from those three states competed for a chance to perform during the game. Squads were selected on their awards at summer Universal Cheerleaders’ Association Camps. The cheerleaders participated in the ACC FanFest and got to watch Sarah Evans perform. Then they spent several hours practicing on the Carolina Panthers’ Practice Field. Before the performance, they also had the opportunity to meet ACC College Cheerleaders and have photos with the ACC Mascots.
Carroll County was placed on the 50 yard line for the pre-game performance. A total of 18 varsity girls participated for Carroll County. They were seniors Tia Anderson, Emily Gibson, Laken Hodges, and Brittany Swain; juniors Averi Banks, Brooke Burnette, Kenna Burnette, Courtney Cox, Jordan Hagee, Ashton Lineberry, McKenna Mabe, Annber McMillian, Mikayla Montgomery, Laken Rodrigue, Katie Rose, and Haley Turner; and sophomores Kyleigh Hanks and Jade Snow.
“I was so proud of the girls for receiving this prestigious honor at game! We all are huge ACC fans and to get the opportunity to perform at the game in Charlotte was amazing,” Carroll County cheerleading coach Nicole Lyons said. “In addition to the girls performing, I was especially excited and proud to see them placed on the 50-yard line! That was a big moment for them and myself! This was just another proud moment in my coaching career!”