Hayley Brazell of La-Grange High celebrated making the University of West Georgia cheer team with her family, friends, and coaches in the LHS media center Monday.
Brazell—a long-time gymnast, cheerleader, and soccer player—tried out for the West Georgia team on Saturday morning and got her results in the afternoon.
LaGrange Athletic Director Mike Pauley defined Brazell as embodying team spirit.
“I’m so glad for you,” he began.
“You’ve got a soft heart for the team,” he added. “Team spirit is someone who is eager to please the team, and you’re a sensational team-spirit person.”
Brazell addressed everyone with a warm expression of gratitude.
“I just want to thank y’all because y’all have always supported me throughout all this … It’s really awesome. Thank you.”
Brazell, who helps teach gymnastics and cheer to LaGrange’s youth, had a busy athletic career with LaGrange juggling soccer and cheerleading of her own.
“I just do it one thing at a time,” the senior said when asked how she managed to do well in school along with a full plate athletically.
While at West Georgia, Brazell intends to study early childhood education before coming back to La- Grange to be a teacher. One day, she said, she hopes she can be a cheer coach here in LaGrange.
Brazell, who has a twin brother, is one part of a dynamic duo. Hunter Brazell also enjoyed a great athletic career for the Grangers, playing on the boys soccer team. Both boys and girls soccer teams advanced to the second round of the state championship.
Hunter attended his sister’s celebration Monday, along with their mother Jodi Brazell and father Joe Brazell. With Hayley’s recent accomplishments, the family has much to be proud of.