GUYTON — One of the biggest days of Skylar Groover’s life came with a major bonus.
Just a few hours before receiving her diploma at South Effingham’s May 28 commencement ceremony, Groover received an invitation to become a member of Georgia Southern University’s seven-time national champion all-girl cheerleading squad.
Groover officially accepted the offer June 15 by inking a national letter of intent in front of friends and family members in the South Effingham cafeteria. She timidly declined a chance to give a speech afterward but she isn’t the least bit shy when competing on the mat, however.
“That’s like my second home,” she said. “I have done it for a very long time — like seven years now — so it’s like second nature.”
Groover lettered four times as a member of South Effingham’s game and competitive cheerleading teams. She also cheered for the Savannah Sharks.
Groover is looking forward to working to maintain Georgia Southern’s reputation for cheerleading excellence.
“Hopefully, Georgia Southern will get another national championship this year with me — or at least in the next four years,” she said. “That would be like one of my biggest accomplishments if I ever won a national title for Georgia Southern.”
South Effingham coach Amanda Ramsey is confident Groover will succeed.
“I believe that her time as a Mustangs cheerleader will transition beautifully into cheering for the Eagles,” Ramsey said.
Groover has all the characteristics to shine, Ramsey said.
“Celebrating Skylar is so much more than congratulating her for making the cheerleading team at Georgia Southern,” Ramsey said. “It is also celebrating all the qualities that make her a model student-athlete. Not only does Skylar keep up with her grades, she is the definition of a fantastic and great teammate.”