New cheerleading practice room at SAC makes for cheerful season

Cheerleaders with trophy after winning region championship.
The Trojan cheerleaders pose with new trophy after winning eighth consecutive region championship.

When plans were being made for the Pope-McGinnis Student Activity Center, Trojan cheerleaders were kept in mind. The team has a practice room in the SAC that was designed specifically for them.


Elizabeth Sanders, head coach of the varsity football cheerleading team, is thankful for the SAC and said it has been a game changer for the cheerleaders this season. 


Sanders said the team practices at the SAC every day. With its high ceilings, the cheerleaders are able to practice high-flying stunts with ease. “I love that we have our own designated space for the first time. We can truly execute skills better with the height of the ceilings and the space. Being on the high school campus has been very nice as well; we feel we are part of everything going on!” 


A competition was hosted at Carrollton this season and the SAC was used as a warm up space for all the schools competing.


“We hosted a regular season competition this year that brought in over 50 schools. This is something we have never had the opportunity to do due to space, but this year was great. We had the chance to show off our new facility and also host a very large, successful competition,” said Sanders.


Additionally, the GHSA Region Competition was hosted at Carrollton on Saturday, Nov. 9, where the varsity competition cheerleaders won first place, making them region champions for the eighth consecutive year.


The team heads to the state competition in Columbus, Ga., this weekend. Sanders is confident and thinks her squad is ready for the competition. 


“I feel great about the squad I have this year,” said Sanders. “The girls are extremely talented and hungry for a three-peat state champion and a fourth championship in the last five years. We are not focused on one specific day, we are focused on the day we are given.”


Sanders said the team has put in the work and can compete at a high level.


“We focus on putting ourselves in the best position possible to compete at a high level with every other team in the state. The team has put themselves in that position and we know it is time to get the job done.”


The Trojans’ session in the state competition starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets are $12.