Pitts overcomes all the odds

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Cornersville High School senior Presley Pitts is surrounded by her parents, Brandon and Mia Smith, Mark and Brittany Pitts, and her grandparents Leslie Woodward and Evelyn Murrell. Back row from left are Martin Methodist coach Monica Hartsfield, Cornersville Vice-Principal Morgan Sanders, Athletic Director Eric Crabtree, high school coach Jessica Luna, Cornersville Principal Brent Adcox, and Martin Methodist coach Micah Hartsfield.
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Coming into the world a little over a month early, the complications and prognosis for Cornersville’s Presley Pitts was unknown.

Other than being tiny, everything appeared to be normal with the preemie until the age of six months when she was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis.

Pitts became the youngest and smallest infant to undergo a spinal fusion at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital as the surgeon removed her bottom left rib and fused it into her lumbar spine.

Pitts spent the next four months in two different body casts, then the next year and a half in a back brace that enveloped the majority of her frame.

As she learned to sit up again and catch up on her milestones, friends and family could not help but wonder what her future had in store for her, but not even in their wildest dreams did they imagine just how it would turn out.

Pitts was named the March of Dimes Ambassador as a baby and was later crowned National American Miss Tennessee Princess, competing in Hollywood, California.

In addition to pageants, she took an interest in cheerleading as a Warrior cheerleader in Pop Warner Football and that interest blossomed into becoming an all-star cheerleader with BND Extreme.

Cornersville’s Presley Pitts has overcome much adversity in her life, but has persevered and her determination has resulted in a cheerleading scholarship at Martin Methodist University.

Presley cheered her scholastic career for Cornersville middle and high school and on April 10, Pressley was rewarded for her spirit, hard work, and determination when she signed a Letter of Intent to attend Martin Methodist College on a cheerleading scholarship.

The future is bright for the future RedHawks cheerleader as Presley will be majoring in Elementary Education at Martin Methodist after compiling a solid 3.09 GPA at Cornersville.