Incoming class for cheer and STUNT team announced

Incoming class for cheer and STUNT team announced

Alma, Mich. - Thirteen student-athletes have committed to attend Alma College and become a part of the Scots' cheerleading and STUNT teams in the fall of 2016, it was announced today (Tuesday, May 24) by Head Coach Michelle Sabourin.

The cheerleading team finished second at the National Cheerleading Association National Championships for the second straight year in 2016, while the STUNT team placed third at the College STUNT National Championships for the second consecutive season.

"As we enter into our fifth season, I couldn't be more excited to welcome these 13 young women to our team," Sabourin said. "Each brings something unique and valuable to our program, and I'm excited to watch them grow as student athletes at Alma College over the next four years."

Following is the list of student-athletes that have committed to join the Scots this fall:

 

Bailey Barnes
Hometown: Howell, Mich.
High School: Howell High School
Position: Base

Highlights: A member of the varsity sideline cheerleading squad and competitive cheer squad under coach Tami Rossman ... Four-time all-conference athlete ... Two-time team captain.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because the campus, staff and students seemed so welcoming. I absolutely love how closely faculty works with the students and how many opportunities are available to students."

 

Mariah Griswold
Hometown: Monroe, Mich.
High School: Monroe High School
Position: Backspot/Base

Highlights: Competed for an all-star cheer team that attended the world championships, the biggest cheerleading event in the country.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I want to major in law and they have an amazing law program. I also enjoy how hard their cheer team works."

 

Rachel Hannah
Hometown: Grand Blanc, Mich.
High School: Grand Blanc Community High School
Position: Backspot

Highlights: Competed for the varsity cheerleading team under coach Christina Swansy ... Helped team to regional and district qualifications three times and was a part of the first team in Grand Blanc HS history to compete at the MHSAA State Finals ... Received all-conference, all-district and all-regional academic achievement honors final three years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because it felt like home. It offered my major, the opportunity to be a part of the cheer and STUNT team, as well as a welcoming environment that I knew I would feel comfortable being in for the next four years."

 

Jessica Hatcher
Hometown: Richmond, Mich.
High School: Richmond High School
Position: Flyer

Highlights: Member of the competitive cheerleading team from 2014-16 under coach Kelli Matthes ... Helped team to fourth-place finish in the state in 2014 and back-to-back state runner-up showings in 2015 and 2016 ... Earned first team all-state, first team all-region, first team all district and All-Blue Water Area Conference First Team honors as a senior. Also named BWAC's Most Valuable Player ... Received Scholastic Gold Key portfolio and photography honors.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of not only it's excellence in academics and athletics, but the small town community environment. I knew that at Alma I would get a quality education, while also thriving in many different aspects. I also thought it was instrumental that there are so many on-campus activities and opportunities to improve myself and help others around me. Alma is a well-rounded school that is nationally acclaimed for its high achievement and heritage-based community."

 

Stephanie Hay
Hometown: Cedar Springs, Mich.
High School: Cedar Springs
Position: Base

Highlights: Lettered in cheerleading during all four years of high school under coach Anne Olszewski ... Also played softball for three seasons, earning three letters ... Named to the 2016 West Michigan Advance All-Area competitive cheer team.

Why Alma?: "I chose Alma College because of the small classes and the one-on-one time with the teachers."

 

Kelsey Johnson
Hometown: Escanaba, Mich.
High School: Escanaba Senior High School
Position: Base

Highlights: Member of the competitive cheer team in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and participated in sideline cheer squad in 2014-16 ... Coached by Martina Mileski and Kris Langlois ... Helped team to a Division 3 district championship in 2014 with a 12-2 record ... Team also won 2016 Division 3 district and regional titles with a mark of 13-2. ... Earned Great Northern Conference honors in 2013 and 2014 and was named to the All-GNC First Team in 2016.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because ever since my sophomore year of high school I've been interested in the school. I strongly believe there is no better college that would continue my cheerleading career as best as Alma will. Aside from athletics, the program it has for my major I will be studying offers a great opportunity for my specific field. I truly know that Alma College wants me to succeed throughout my four years there and that is most important."

 

Katherine Maiville
Hometown: Onondaga, Mich.
High School: Leslie High School
Position: Backspot

Highlights: Member of the competitive cheerleading team from 2013-16 under coach Jean Maiville ... Also ran cross country and track ... Captain of the 2015 state-ranked and state-qualifying cross country team ... First Team Greater Lansing Athletic Conference selection for competitive cheer in 2015 ... Named to all-district first team for competitive cheerleading in 2016 ... Voted most valuable player for 2015-16 competitive cheer season ... Four-time academic all-state selection for competitive cheer ... Received GLAC Scholar-Athlete Award in 2016 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Graduated in the top 10 in her class.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I feel that I will be more connected to my professors and administrators here. It allows for more interactions between students and professors that I wouldn't be able to get at a large university."

 

Sarah Michalowski
Hometown: Midland, Mich.
High School: H.H. Dow High School
Position: Backspot

Highlights: Transferring from Saginaw Valley State University ... Competed for the cheerleading squad at Dow High School under coach Kathy Snyder ... Helped team to 2011 district title ... Received all-district and all conference first teams honors in 2013 and second team all-district honors in 2012.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I wanted to find a college that would push me academically and help me reach my future goals."

 

Kamryn Pacholski
Hometown: Lapeer, Mich.
High School: Lapeer High School
Position: Flyer

Highlights: Competed for the varsity sideline cheerleading squad under coach Erin Lane and Elizabeth Kress from 2012-13 and under coaches Lea Seamen and Ashleigh Hill from 2014-15 ... Member of the competitive cheer team under coaches Erin Lane and Elizabeth Kress from 2012-14, and under Ashleigh Hill from 2014-16 ... Elected as a team leader for competitive cheer squad.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of the caring staff and friendly students. I knew I wanted to go to a small school and when I visited Alma and met with professors and other students there, I realized it was the perfect fit for me. When I first went to Alma it was my freshmen year of high school and it was for Champion Cheerleading camp. I loved the small campus and ever since then, whenever I thought about college, Alma was always the first thing that popped into my head. I love that the staff at Alma really wants all of their students to be successful and I really like all of the opportunities that are available for their students."

 

Mackinley Prentice
Hometown: Portage, Mich.
High School: Portage Northern High School
Position: Base

Highlights: Member of the competitive cheer team all four years under coaches Heather Prentice and Amanda Gerstner ... Team won conference championship all four years to extend winning streak to 10 straight seasons ... Four-time academic all-state selection ... Also earned all-conference and all-district honors ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because they offer many academic opportunities. I really enjoy the small town atmosphere and I get to continue participating in the sport I love."

 

Gabby Saum
Hometown: Kentwood, Mich.
High School: East Kentwood High School
Position: Flyer

Highlights: Competed for the varsity sideline four seasons at East Kentwood under coach Stacy Geerts ... Also competed on completive cheer team all four years under coach Geerts, helping the team to the 2015 conference, district and regional championship ... Earned all-conference, first team all-district, first team all-region, first team all-state and West Michigan Advance All-Area honors ... Received academic all-state honors ... Member of the choir and the National Honor Society.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because it fits me well and has a very good nursing program and an amazing cheer team."

 

Adrianna Washington
Hometown: East Lansing, Mich.
High School: East Lansing High School
Position: Backspot

Highlights: Earned varsity letter as a member of the sideline cheer team ... Named best dancer on the competitive cheer squad ... Part of a team that was the 2014 super national champion.

Why Alma?: "I feel comfortable when I'm on the campus and I know the core values of the team align with my values."

 

Lea Ziolkowski
Hometown: Romeo, Mich.
High School: Romeo High School
Position: Flyer

Highlights: Member of the varsity cheerleading squad under coaches Angie Robbins and Courtney McDade from 2012-16 ... Earned All-Macomb honors in 2015 ... Member of National Honor Society and was an honors student all four years ... Also participated in theatre as part of the backstage hair and makeup team.

Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of all the opportunities Alma will give me. I love the small school atmosphere."