Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow J.B. Pennington classmates, senior Josh Graves signed a cheerleading scholarship with Jacksonville State University ( JSU) last week.
“If anybody can fire up a crowd, its Josh,” said Melanie Ganus, who has been Graves’s cheerleading coach for the last two years.
As a part of the 31-member JSU cheerleading squad, Graves will endure a strict and intense schedule. He has already begun workouts and will move to JSU in July for more workouts, practices, and tumbling classes. When asked what his primary role will be on the cheerleading squad, Graves replied, “My job is to catch them at the top and don’t let them fall.”
Graves is no stranger to hard work. Graduating with a 4.45 GPA from Pennington at the end of May, he will receive an advanced diploma with highest honors. He has received numerous honor society and academic awards while in high school, as well as being named as an All American Cheerleader through the Universal Cheerleaders Association in Memphis, Tenn.
Besides being voted “Most School Spirit” by his senior class, his many other accomplishments include being a member of several school and community organizations, a three-year member of the Pennington Band drum line, and a varsity cheerleader for two years – all while working at Jack’s Family Restaurant in Blountsville for the last three years.
Planning to major in computer science with concentration in cyber security while at JSU, Graves already has earned 42 college credits as a dual-enrollment student at Wallace State Community College.
Graves is excited as he begins another chapter in his life. He said, “I want to thank my parents for their support and preparing me to move away to pursue a degree and to cheer for the Gamecocks for the next four years.”
Graves is the son of Bobby and Debbie Graves.