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Ingomar native Beyunka Sanders will have the opportunity to work toward her dream after being selected as a Tiger Dancer for Northeast Community College next school year.
A 2009 graduate, Sanders was a Falcon cheerleader for four years, serving two years as captain. Dancing for many years, she credits her years in cheerleading for her success.
"I wanted to dance, and the only thing we had at school was cheerleading, so I got involved in it," Sanders said. "The audition at Northeast wasn't that hard because I've been cheerleading, so the dance is a lot easier now.”
Sanders described the audition process and is excited about the opportunity to dance in college.
“They taught us a dance and kick line for a couple of hours and we had to perform in front of the judges. We all found out that day if we made it or not," Sanders explained. " I'm really excited, and I can't wait until college starts.”
Sanders was also featured in this year's National Cheerleading Magazine, as a picture of her from cheerleading camp is used in one of the ads in the magazine.
"I was at cheerleading camp at Ole Miss," Sanders laughed. "They were taking pictures of us, and I guess they put us in there."
After her time at Northeast, the fashion design major hopes to land her dream job as an NFL cheerleader.
"I do want to try out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders or either dance at Mississippi State," Sanders said.
Looking back at her time at Ingomar, cheerleading has brought many things to Sanders life, including many friends who she will miss in college.
"It was really fun, and I learned a lot about team work and stuff," Sanders said. "It helped me to gain more friends."
Sanders will be performing with the Tiger Dancers at all Northeast football games this fall as a part of the Tiger Band.