News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007

Wendy N. McDougal

DHS cheerleaders score big at camp

Wendy’s word

“Giving up — that’s my idea of the original sin.” These words, spoken by Annie Sullivan in Tuscumbia’s recent production of “The Miracle Worker” really tugged at my heart. Despite all the odds, you can’t give up.

Whether it’s the summer heat that has got you down or a more significant boulder, you have to find a way around it or shove it aside. It may take some willpower or a strength you never knew you had, but hang in there. When all else says you can’t, remember that you can. I hope this day offers encouragement to those who need it most.

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

DHS cheerleaders

The Decatur High School cheerleaders recently returned from cheerleading camp at The University of Alabama and made their mark, earning many awards and honors.

Among the recognition was a nightly blue ribbon to the varsity squad, a third-place finish in the home pom dance competition, the “Go Bananas” spirit award, and — perhaps, the biggest and most prestigious award — the UCA Leadership Award.

Anna Walraven and Jennifer Lawrence were selected as all-stars. Walraven was also the UCA Camp Jump Champion and received a UCA staff application. Varsity cheerleaders are Walraven, captain; Kate Dougherty, co-captain; Anna Laura Bryan; Molly Carr; Ella Cauthen; Amber Church; Hannah Esch; Shelton Godwin; Maggie Gray; Paige Harris; Kayla Harvey; Lawrence; Elizabeth Schuppert; Sloan Stofel; Katelyn Ward; and Haley Wenzler. Justina Eastmond is team manager.

The junior varsity cheerleaders brought home honors including first places in the home pom dance competition and cheer competition. Jasmine McRae was recognized as a junior varsity all-star.

Caroline Spencer, captain; Paris Owens, co-captain; Ella Davis Katherine Herbert; Morgan Lowery; Caroline Martin; Mary Gates McCamy; McRae; Blessin Owens; Shelah Stevenson; Liza Lee Tweedy; Kayla Walker; Myia Williams; and Brooke Willis make up the junior varsity squad.

Freshmen cheerleaders, including Alex Moses, captain; Jaliah Gilcrease, co-captain; Annie Suggs, co-captain; Jada Billings; Lauren Cole; Shirlethia Evans; Sarah Fite; Olivia Hamilton; Parker Hartselle; Kathleen O’Hara; Taylor Rutherford; Lucy Beth Scott; Lynsey Underwood; Wiley Underwood; and Sarah Catherine Woller, won first places in the home pom dance competition, cheer competition and extreme dance competition. The DHS cheerleaders are coached by Amy Godwin, Sandra Putnam and Earlene Busby.

Decatur Newcomers

The Newcomers of Decatur are not slowing down during these hot summer months. The group recently toured the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

This month’s meeting is Wednesday at Burningtree Country Club, with Tiffany Brightwell of the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as special guest. Members and guests can look forward to learning more about the things Decatur and Morgan County have to offer.

Charity for the month will be the Boys and Girls Club, the St. Paul’s unit. In August the club will welcome special guest Katie Boyd, the new Miss Point Mallard. For information or reservations, call Stacie Thompson at 751-4773.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness met recently with 28 members present. Marilyn Volonino introduced guest speakers Lisa Coleman, executive clinical director at the Mental Health Center of North Alabama, and Scott Kincaid, program director at the center. The topic was what to do in the case of an emergency.

Among those present were Linda Pierce, case manager; Ann Denbo, president of Friends of North Alabama Regional Hospital and member of NAMI Alabama; John Avera, board member of NAMI Alabama; and Dr. Bok, clinical director of North Alabama Regional Hospital.

The next get-together will be July 24 at the American Legion Hall for the annual picnic.

For questions or more information, call 306-0898.

That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin” with ya!

Let me know what is going on in your world. Just e-mail me at, or call me at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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