MOULTRIE — Colquitt County’s Ivey Reeves and Elyssa Whidby have been selected among the top 40 semifinalsts for the Georgia Cheerleader of the Year.

They will compete individually on August 14 in at Columbus State University for a spot in the final 16.

Reeves and Whidby submitted applications in June, and on Aug. 14, will participate in an interview and present a two-minute routine that that will incorporate cheer, dance, stunting, jumps and tumbling.

Lindsey Wells and Amber Westley will assist Reeves and Whidby with the stunting portions of their routines.

The scores from the application process, interview and performance will be combined and the girls with the top 16 scores will be named as the finalists.

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the state cheerleading competition in November.

“This is a huge accomplishment for the two girls,” said Colquitt County High cheerleading coach Carrie Parker.

“It recognizes the best of the best in our program, not only on their level of talent, but also in the community and school involvement and their character.”

Both girls are members of the Colquitt County varsity competition squad and the varsity football squad.

Whidby also competes as a member of the Southern Pride All Star squad in Tifton.

Reeves and Whidby are the only cheerleaders from a Region 1-AAAAA school to be named a semifinalist.

Also from southwest Georgia are Monti Marie Sharpe from Thomas County Central, Allyson Jordan Spillers from Lee County and Taylor Beth Young from Worth County.

The Georgia Cheerleader of the Year competition is sponsored by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association.

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