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Georgia Southern cheerleaders named All Americans
Georgia Southern cheerleaders named All Americans

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Two Georgia Southern University cheerleaders have been named All Americans by the College STUNT Association (CSA).

Under the leadership of USA Cheer, the CSA recently completed its inaugural STUNT season. The Georgia Southern cheerleaders are two of only 20 in the country to be recognized as All Americans.

"Nationally, cheerleading is shredding traditional stereotypes and is being replaced by serious athletes who are demonstrating complex and demanding skills that rival competitive gymnastics," said Dr. Barry Munkasy, head coach for the Georgia Southern cheer team. "This is the first year that the College STUNT Association has recognized All American competitors for STUNT. To have two members of our team honored is a credit to their hard work and the many hours they have spent practicing."

One of the All Americans, Janee Demery, just graduated from Georgia Southern in May with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. The Carrollton native was a two-year captain of the cheer team and competed as an elite base and tumbler.

Her counterpart, Kayla Wheatley of Augusta, is a senior majoring in health and physical education. She is a past member of the All-Girl and CoEd teams and competed as an elite flyer and tumbler.

In addition to cheering for the Eagles, Wheatley also works for the National Cheerleading Association and will be a volunteer coach for Georgia Southern this year.

Both Demery and Wheatley participated in Georgia Southern's national championship wins in 2008 and 2011.

Nominees for All Americans are required to exhibit superior skills and techniques, good game sense and knowledge of STUNT, and be in good academic standing.

Requirements also include participation in at least half of a season's games or tournaments for at least 50 percent of the routine.

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