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Seahawk varsity cheerleaders get down to business

The Franklin County High School cheerleading squad sharpened their skills last weekend, with a home camp led by cheerleading experts from the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Held between Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17, the team focused on everything from safety awareness, skills and stunts, to stretching and flexibility and jumps.

“I am very proud of each and every one of these young ladies,” said Sara Ward, who will serve as team sponsor this year. “The camp consisted of long days, yet they came each day eager and determined to work hard and learn new material and stunts. 

“The last day of camp, the cheerleaders were allowed to try out to be a ‘UCA All-American Cheerleader,’ where they would have the opportunity to participate in events across the country,” she said. “It is with great pride to say that each of the nine cheerleaders earned the title of ‘UCA All-American Cheerleader.’”

Ward said the camp distinction now paves the way for junior and seniors to work to travel to London, England.

Members of the team include senior captain Jaylan Prince, senior co-captain De’Anna Deloach, sophomores Addyson Kent, Khali McNair, Savannah Odom, Dezmonae Sanders, Shakira Miller and Olivia Poloronis,and freshman Adrianna Hayes.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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