August 9-- Vidalia High School’s Rena McKenzie traveled to Columbus State University on August 5th to compete in the Georgia Top 40 All-Classifications All-State Cheerleading Competition. The cheerleaders compete to try to earn one of the top 16 spots and be recognized as an All-State Cheerleader.

Scoring is based on several different categories. The first is her application which accounts for 25% of the total. That includes academics, school and community involvement and a personal essay. Another 25% was based on her interview. There is also a scholarship based on this section and applicants are eligible for it only if they have a GPA higher than 3.5.

The final 50% is based on their performance at the competition. Candidates are required to perform their highest skills in jumps, tumbling, and stunting and they perform a dance and lead the crowd with a cheer.

For the performance McKenzie was able to bring a stunt group that included some of her from VHS, Hannah Poole, Caleigh Page and Tatum Calloway.

When all the totals were added up, McKenzie earned a spot on the 2017 All-State Cheerleading Team.

VHS Coach Ann-Michele Toole said, “Rena is a very deserving candidate, she has an outstanding work ethic and impeccable character. She is a valuable member of our team.”

(L-R): Coach Julie Spivey, Rena McKenzie and Coach Ann Michele Toole.

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