By MICHAEL HELD
KENLY—Autumn Davis and Sara Liles have been friends for most of their lives and during their many years of friendship, cheerleading has been a common bond.
Last week, the senior duo from North Johnston both officially signed to attend Barton College and compete as members of the Bulldogs cheerleading team.
“It’s exciting because Sara and I have actually cheered together since we were four,” Davis said last week. “We’ve been friends since we were little and we always cheered together so it’s really exciting that we’re going to the same school together.”
For Davis, the biggest key to her decision centered around going to a school with a solid education program to help her pursue her dream of becoming a high school English teacher.
North Johnston cheerleading coach Alison Argott credits the leadership exhibited by the pair for both the reason for any success the Panthers team has accomplished during their time at North Johnston as well as why she sees both as being successful at the next level.
“They’ve definitely been a key part of our success,” said Argott. “Their senior leadership this year has been amazing and I hope that carries through to their college years. They led their team to where they were this year.”
This year, that was yet another strong showing at the Cheer Ltd. Nationals at Canadian-American in Myrtle Beach as the Panthers earned a third runner-up trophy in the small varsity non-tumble category.
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