Meredith Jones, head cheerleading coach at Southeast Bulloch High School, will take her team to the Columbus Civic Center this weekend for the Georgia State Cheerleading Championships on Friday and Saturday.
SEB's cheerleading squad qualified for state finals by finishing second in the 3-AA Region Cheerleading Championship held last weekend at West Laurens High School.
So far this school year, the girls have taken first place in three of their five regular competitions, including capturing the Grand Championship at the Richmond Hill competition.
The team will compete against 15 other Class 2-A teams in the Sectionals on Friday at 1 p.m. If they score among the top eight teams, they will then compete again in the Class 2-A Finals on Saturday at 2 p.m.
There are seven seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen on the team. One of the seniors, Ashley Callahan, said:
"This is the first year we have won this many regular season championships. While we went to the state sectionals in both my ninth and tenth grade years, we weren't as good then as we are this year."
Her mom, Renee Callahan, agrees.
"At the Regionals, the girls performed flawlessly against some of the toughest teams in the state, beating local cheerleading powerhouse Screven County," she said. "They are peaking at just the right time."
Coach Jones is satisfied her team is ready to compete for the state title.
"Our team has worked extremely hard this year and represented Southeast Bulloch with pride at every one of our competitions," she said. "I am so blessed to coach such talented and dedicated girls!"
SEB Principal Dr. Trey Robertson is looking forward to the state meet.
"The girls performed wonderfully (at regionals), and were so excited with their win," he said. "We all wish them best of luck at state!"