It’s not everyday that an athlete gets the opportunity to compete at the next level. Sidney Barnett will be one of the few to get that chance as she signed her letter of intent on Monday to continue her cheerleading career at Morehead State University.
“It’s a great achievement for me,” said Barnett. “I really always dreamed of cheering in college, and now I finally get my chance. I’m really excited about it.”
Barnett is the first cheerleader from Bell High to get the opportunity to cheer for Morehead. She has cheered for the school for four years.
“She’s an awesome competitor, good student, good cheerleader, good work ethic. Everything that I can say about her is good,” said Bell cheer coach Trish Long.
Morehead cheer coach Mark Coleman raved about Barnett’s athletic ability. He said that she was an all-around amazing cheerleader.
“The first thing you notice about her is she’s tiny, but she’s also extremely talented. She’s a very strong stunter, which is important in the lifts that we do. She’s also extremely talented as a tumbler, too,” said Coleman. “That’s really…what we’re looking for at Morehead State. We have arguably the best all-girl collegiate team in the country.”
“We’re looking for people that can do all aspects — the tumbling and elite level stunts. She’s (Barnett) somebody that came to our stunt clinics over the last year or so and excelled. She really stood out skill wise.”
In addition to cheering, Barnett will be majoring in nursing and pursuing a career as a neonatal nurse.
Morehead State is one of the leading universities when it comes to cheerleading. The school holds 39 titles and swept the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Nationals, claiming national titles in partner stunt team, all-girl, and coed in January.
It marked the third straight championship for the all-girl team and their 11th overall.
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