Torri Taylor signed with Tennessee Tech University’s Spirit Program. At TTU, cheerleading is now under athletics. She will be in Division 1. Her signing was held May 11 at Grundy County High School. Pictured,
from left, are Jeremy Taylor, Catherine Taylor, Torri Taylor and TTU Spirit Squads Coordinator and Head Coach Sydney Hickerson.
Grundy County cheerleader Torri Taylor signed to cheer at Tennessee Tech next season in a small ceremony at Grundy County High School last Thursday.
Surrounded by family members, teammates, coaches and joined by TTU Spirit Squads Coordinator and Head Coach Sydney Hickerson, the GCHS senior put her name on the dotted line to cheer for the Golden Eagles in Cookeville.
“I am so grateful to be part of a college team and that they chose me to be a member,” Taylor said. “I am happy and honored to be able to continue cheering in college!”
Taylor and another 50 girls attended a three-day tryout at Tennessee Tech’s new Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center. She and the group of cheer hopefuls spent the first day learning a game day dance before enduring a six-hour second day that included stunt and tumbling evaluations. Results were posted on a board outside the gym doors the third day following a dance evaluation.
“I was so excited when I saw my name,” Taylor said. “It was like a huge weight just disappeared from my shoulders. It was amazing.”
The GCHS senior cheered four years at Grundy and two years at Pelham Elementary.
“We are all so very happy for Torri,” Yellow Jackets cheer coach Amy Guffey said. “Making the TTU cheer squad is a major accomplishment, and we are all excited to see her on the sidelines cheering on the Golden Eagles. We know she will do well and make us proud.”
Taylor will cheer for both the TTU football and basketball teams. She plans to major in zoology/ biology with aspirations of working in wildlife rehab and taking care of injured animals.
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