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May 22, 2013

Famber to cheer on at GNTC

Dalton High School cheerleader Desirea Famber said she’s looking for opportunities. Georgia Northwestern Technical College cheerleading coach Karen Stoker said opportunities are exactly what Famber brings to the school’s newest intercollegiate athletic program.

Famber — who will join the GNTC cheerleading program next school year — was a four-year starter for the Lady Catamounts, who lose 17 seniors this year. But Famber could prove especially hard to replace.

“She’s incredibly dedicated and serves at a level above the rest,” said Dalton cheerleading coach Tami Fleming.

Famber participated in the basketball, football and competition squads at Dalton.

“When you list the top things we lose with Desirea moving on, it would be leadership, leadership and leadership,” said Fleming, who has been coach at Dalton for eight years.

Northwest Georgia’s best competition cheerleading squads on the prep level are proving to be successful recruiting grounds for GNTC as the Bobcats enter their first year of National Junior College Athletic Association cheerleading. As a Division II member of the NJCAA, GNTC’s sports programs can’t offer athletic scholarships, but student-athletes typically receive other forms of financial aid.

“We have an amazing core for this pilot season,” Stoker said. “If it goes the way we hope it will, this should quickly take off into something special.”

It’s been 13 years since Famber first cheered during the youth football season at the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department, and she said 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,” she said.

Fleming is excited about more than the physical ability of Famber.

“Not only does Desirea bring an amazing skill set to us, but also a giving spirit,” she said. “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.”

Famber hopes to enroll in GNTC’s occupational therapy assistant program. She joins other competitive cheer standouts Makayla Derryberry (Ridgeland High School) and Tara Clark and Mina Winters of LaFayette High School.

For the 2012-2013 season, the Bobcats will cheer solely for GNTC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The college is looking into the possibility of expanding the program in the near future, as well as adding more athletic offerings on its Northwest Georgia campuses. The Bobcats golf program is set to tee off next spring.

To learn more about Bobcats athletics, visit bobcatscountry.com or contact the office of sports information at (706) 764-3813 or dfoley@gntc.edu. GNTC, which educates more than 10,000 students every year, offers more than 200 programs on five campuses and online.

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