For the past four years, Franklin High School senior and varsity cheerleader Ivy Hawkins has dreamed of becoming an instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). This dream came true on March 22. UCA cheer instructor tryouts are held by invitation only.
Each state holds tryouts in the spring. Hawkins was invited to try out while attending a UCA cheer camp last summer in Panama City, Fla. Tryouts were held in Winston-Salem, where about 40 cheerleaders – college and high school – attended.
After an all-day tryout and the final cuts were made, Hawkins was one of two high school girls who were picked for the North Carolina team. She will work all summer as a cheerleading instructor for UCA’s southeast team.
Hawkins is the first cheerleader in FHS history to make this team. She is the daugher of Jeff and Maria Hawkins of Franklin.