Most decorated Warrior heads to Georgia
Mary Sue Anderson will continue cheerleading at the University of West Georgia.
The West Nassau High School cheerleading captain signed her letter of intent May 24 to be a flyer on the all-girl team, cheering for the Wolves next fall.
Anderson plans to study sports management.
“(It has a) great cheerleading program, nice campus and great sports management program,” she said.
During Anderson’s high school career, the WNHS cheer team won four state championship titles and one national championship title, making her the most decorated athlete in WNHS’ history. She wore her championship rings during the signing ceremony.
“It just shows that not just my hard work – but our team’s hard work throughout the years paid off,” she said.
Squad members stay active throughout the year and participate in a summer training regime just like other athletes.
“We run a lot; we do a lot of cardio; we do a lot of workouts in the summer,” Anderson said. “We have to do squats and we do lines, like, bear crawls, squats and squat walks under time limits.”
Coach Samantha Beazley spoke about the progress Anderson made during high school.
“Mary Sue has dedicated the past four years to her sport, teammates and coaches,” she said. “As her coach, I’ve watched her grow and progress as an athlete, student and young woman and I am so proud that her hard work has paid off and she’s able to continue her passion at a collegiate level. Although she will be missed dearly, I look forward to watching her succeed and make her mark at UWG.”
Anderson began cheerleading as a child for the Normandy Cowboys and continued into her teen years at Callahan Middle School before heading to West Nassau.
“My mom put me in cheerleading in Pop Warner and I’ve just loved it ever since,” Anderson said.
She views her parents, Warren and Ginger Anderson, as her role models. Siblings Paige Francis, 25, and Garrett, 19, round out the family.
“They have provided everything for me and I am so thankful for how supportive they have been,” Anderson said.
As she prepares for college, Anderson fondly recalls the friendships she made through her sport, especially, “The bond with all of my teammates (and) how involved we are with the community.”