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Famous author re-tweets NCHS cheerleaders’ photo

Posted: August 13, 2013 4:45 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2013 5:00 a.m.

NCHS cheerleaders pictured are, Casey Gibson, Halen Nicholson, Madison German, Tyler Humphries, Lauren Humphrey, Courtney Payne, Morgan Kelly, Breanna Boone, Alicia Olds, Hannah Sowell, Amber Thompson and Jasmine Bracey.

A recent re-tweet of a photo is making the North Central High School (NCHS) cheerleaders a little more famous.

It all started with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) implementing an "extra credit" summer reading program for teachers that included submitting pictures of yourself or others reading. Cheerleading coach and English teacher Chelsea Sutusky said she wanted to do something different with this year’s summer reading book, "Legend" by Marie Lu. She said she considered several ideas before she decided on what to do.

"One morning (in July) before practice, I walked into our front office and saw three Legend books sitting on a library cart. I snatched up the books and told (Administrative Assistant Cheryl) Helms ‘I'm taking these and I'll be right back.’ Once I got to my team, I told them the plan and they were instantly excited. Each group put up their stunt, pulled their favorite body position with the novel, and I snapped the picture," Sutusky said.

Sutusky said she returned the books, emailed the photo to KCSD Webmaster Julie Putnam and didn’t think any more about it. That same afternoon, however, Sutusky said she got several emails from various district personnel about the photo.

Using Twitter, Putnam had re-tweeted the photo with the caption "Best acrobats EVER!" to Lu.

And the author replied.

"OMG! This is the coolest thing ever. Holy Cow," Lu responded, also re-tweeted the photo, allowing thousands of other Twitter users to re-tweet and favorite the photo.

Legend is a story of an unlikely friendship between a criminal runaway and a military prodigy, Sutusky said. Members of the cheerleading squad talked about what they liked about the book.

The main characters, Day and June, start out as foes, but end up fighting together, Madison German said. The book is written from both June and Day’s perspective, which helps keep things interesting, Courtney Payne said.

"June and Day came from completely different backgrounds but came together because they were driven by the same thing - fighting for their families," Lauren Humphrey said.

Sutusky said promoting summer reading is important and it’s important to make "real world" connections through academics. Last year, she and her cheerleaders read a special chapter in Randy Pausch’s, "The Last Lecture," that emphasized the need to persevere, Sutusky said.

NCHS Principal Worth Thomasson said he is proud of the cheerleader’s progress athletically as well as their commitment to academics.


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