NW Georgia’s Top Cheer Candidates Focus Of Bobcats Signing Season

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(LaFayette, GA) – Georgia Northwestern has kicked off the 2013 NJCAA signing season with a focus on the college’s cheerleading roster. First-year Bobcat Cheer coach Karen Stoker recruited LaFayette High School competition cheer standout Tara Clark.

The 17-year-old Rambler senior has been cheering most of her life. “I started cheering when I was six at the LaFayette (GA) Recreation Department,” said Clark. “I’ve only taken a couple of seasons off since then. Basketball and competition cheerleading seasons have been my focus. It’s been intense. Signing with Georgia Northwestern just feels like the right move now.”

Clark performed on a select competition cheer squad in the past under Stoker. “Tara has a great presentation and amazing leadership qualities,” said Stoker. “Having someone who is ready to take a lead role is something Georgia Northwestern is happy to have on board. It’s a sentimental signing for me, too, though. We’ve worked together for years.”

The soon-to-be high school grad will be enrolling in the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. “I really want to work on the pediatric side of this,” said Clark. “I just have a passion for this and want to be able to do it for a living. To be able to pursue this and cheer for a college is really exciting.”

Georgia Northwestern is launching their intercollegiate cheerleading squad this fall as they will perform this first season for the college’s NJCAA Region XVII Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs which run from November through March. The college is looking into the possibility of expanding the program in the near future, as well as adding more athletic offerings through its Northwest Georgia campuses. The Bobcat Golf program is set to tee off in spring of 2014 as the search for the program’s first coach is now underway.

“The college’s athletic mission has always had a focus of giving local athletes the real opportunity to compete on the intercollegiate level,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson. “We have standout competitors in this region that can go toe-to-toe with colleges across the Southeast. Coach Stoker knows this and is forming an amazing squad based partially on this principle.”

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through BobcatsCountry.com, or by e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.