Duncan signs cheerleading scholarship

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tamera Duncan signs with Martin Methodist on a cheerleading scholarship as her mom Elisha Duncan looks on. Back row, from left, are MCHS cheerleading coaches Betsy Gentry and Melanie Stacey. Photo submitted

Tamera Duncan, a transfer to Marshall County High School from Forrest prior to her senior year became the latest Marshall County student athlete to sign a college scholarship on Wednesday, albeit one from a sport that doesn't get too much publicity- cheerleading.

"I just kind of applied and put on my application that I cheered," Duncan said. "I saw that (Martin Methodist) was on the Tennessee Promise list and I wanted to go to a four-year college with a good criminal justice program. So when I got the call I kind of went 'yay!' because I didn't think that I would cheer after high school."

Coaches' support

Duncan, who was awarded the most spirited award and too sharp award by coaches while a cheerleader at Forrest credits her coaches at both schools for gaining the ability to continue her craft beyond the high school ranks.

"I've had really good coaches," Duncan added. "Like at Forrest, both of my coaches from Forrest texted me this morning and congratulated me because they weren't going to be here. I just had a really good experience cheering at both schools."

Duncan will join a well-respected program coming off its first ever National Championship after defeating national powerhouse Oklahoma City College and eleven other opponents at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Competitive Cheer & Dance National Invitational in Davenport, Iowa.

The Red Hawks followed up its national championship with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida coming up just 1.2 points behind Oklahoma City College for first place.

Title contenders

The national championship was the fourth all-time for the tiny liberal arts college in downtown Pulaski, with the men's soccer program earning the previous NAIA national championship over Auburn-Montgomery in 2013.

Duncan will have some familiar faces in Pulaski her freshman year as two former Tigerette athletes, basketball player Alexis Ford and soccer player Yesenia Eugia, have signed with the Red Hawks to continue their athletic careers.

"I'm kind of scared (about starting college)." Duncan said. "I've been told to take all of the easy classes my freshman year just because it will help with my GPA. A little scared, but from all of the people I've met I know I'm going to have a good time."