Bobcats Ink Latest Prep Cheer Standout


(Dalton, GA) – Dalton (GA) Catamount cheerleader Desirea Fanber says she’s looking for opportunities. Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Cheer Coach Karen Stoker says that opportunities are exactly what Fanber brings to the college’s newest intercollegiate athletic program.

Fanber is a four-year starter for Dalton’s Cheerleading program. And, although the Catamount program loses 17 seniors this year, Fanber is leaving a huge hole to a fill. “She’s incredibly dedicated and serves at a level above the rest,” said Dalton Cheer Coach Tami Fleming.

The 18-year old senior competed in basketball, football, and competitive cheer capacities for the Catamount nation during her four years at DHS. “When you list the top things we lose with Desirea moving on it would be leadership, leadership, and leadership,” said Fleming who will be entering her ninth year as Cheer Coach at Dalton when school opens its doors this August.

The region’s best competitive cheer squads on the prep level are proving to be successful recruiting grounds for Georgia Northwestern as the enter year one of NJCAA Cheerleading. “We have several more competition cheer recruits we are signing this next week,” said Stoker. “We have an amazing core for this pilot season. If it goes the way we hope it will, this should quickly take off into something special.”

Although it’s only been 13 years since Fanber first put on a cheer outfit for the Dalton Recreation Department to cheer for little league football, she says it’s the spirit of it all that she loves. “To be able to go to college close to home, give back a little in the ways cheer programs can do, and to compete on the next level is so exciting to me,” said Fanber.

The head of the Cats Cheer program is excited about more than the physical ability of Fanber. “Not only does Desirea bring an amazing skill set to us, but also a giving spirit,” said Fanber. “She has a giving heart and invests in her school and her community. That’s what our program is all about. It’s a great fit.”

The incoming Bobcat freshman hopes to enroll in Georgia Northwestern’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Fanber joins other competitive cheer standouts in Ridgeland’s Makayla Derryberry, and LaFayette’s Mina Winters and Tara Clark. All four will head to Cats Country this fall for the inaugural season of Georgia Northwestern’s intercollegiate Cheer program.

For the 2012-13 season, the Cats Cheer program will solely cheer for the college’s NJCAA Region XVII Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs which run from October 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.

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through, or by e-mail to 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.