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SEMS cheerleaders capture second straight region title
SEMS Cheer Picture
Members of the South Effingham Middle School cheerleading team are, front row, left to right: Emily Eddy, Kate Brennan, Naomi Parker, Miriam Coon, Emma Wheeler, Kourtney Harrelson, Alaina Ricker and Brooke Donovan; middle row: Kelly Shuman, Rachael Jones, Kayla Harrelson and Hannah McCann; back row: Coach Ray Tater Mills, Coach Courtney Hall, Chloe Phillips, Haley Johnson, Elizabeth Kicklighter, Emily Butler, Sarah Jones, Madeline Luther, Victoria Farrar and Coach Ashley McVey. - photo by Photo provided

The South Effingham Middle School competition cheerleaders won the region title for the second consecutive year, capturing the Coastal Empire Region Championship at Effingham County Middle School on Nov. 1.

The region championship capped a stellar season for the squad. In October, the SEMS competition cheerleaders traveled to Atlanta to compete in the Peachtree Ridge Invitational and took first place in the middle school division.

The team also took first place in the middle school division of Statesboro’s Battle of the Boro and Screven County Middle School’s Gamecock Challenge held at Georgia Southern University. They finished second at the Toombs County Invitational.

The South Effingham Middle School competition squad is coached by Ashley McVey, Ray “Tater” Mills and Courtney Hall.