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SEHS grad Daniel named all-American cheerleader
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Katherine Daniel of Rincon, left, and Ashley Riggs, cheerleaders at Georgia Southern University, were selected as 2013 stunt all-Americans. - photo by Photo courtesy of Georgia Southern University

STATESBORO — Katherine Daniel of Effingham County has enjoyed a great deal of success in her two years as a Georgia Southern University cheerleader.

Last year, Daniel helped GSU’s all-girl cheer squad earn its second straight National Cheerleaders Association national championship.

This year, Daniel is one of two Georgia Southern cheerleaders to earn all-American honors. Daniel, a sophomore flyer, and Ashley Riggs, a senior base, were recently selected by USA Cheer as first team 2013 stunt all-Americans.

Daniel, a middle grades education major from Rincon and a South Effingham High School graduate, participated in 10 of the 19 stunt routines as a flyer. She was focused on perfecting routines with her stunt partners, including Riggs, and was an integral part of the most difficult pyramids.

Stunt is an emerging NCAA competitive team sport that has derived from traditional cheerleading. Stunt removes the crowd-leading and focuses on the technical and athletic components of cheer.

Stunt was developed by USA Cheer in collaboration with Title IX experts as well as known coaches and experts in the all-star and traditional cheerleading community. USA Cheer is the national governing body for sport cheering in the United States.

Riggs, an early childhood education major from Sharpsburg, was the captain of the Georgia Southern stunt team and had major responsibility for selecting personnel and teaching the stunt routines. She led the team to the national semifinals against the University of Louisville, performing in 12 out of the 19 stunt routines and was instrumental in victories over the University of Georgia and Florida State University.