Wayne County High School Senior Lindsay McClellan will receive a four-year partial academic/athletic scholarship to the University of the Cumberlands after years of cheerleading experience.
University of the Cumberlands Head Coach Corissa Dyer said, “Lindsay came to our clinic and she really wowed us. Her tumbling was phenomenal. She hit everything we asked her to do during our stunt practice at the collegiate level. She practiced as if she had been in college for two or three years.”
She has been cheering at the varsity level since she started in seventh grade at Monticello School. She moved to Wayne County High School in eighth grade where she continued cheering. She also has nine years of gymnastics experience in power tumbling. She has participated in power tumbling at Top Notch in Somerset for four years. She even placed at nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, back in seventh grade after being a part of the Monticello Trojan Tumbling Team.
“Lindsay is very energetic and positive person. She’s our only senior this year and she is our leader,” said WCHS Head Coach Mary Beth Stockton.
High School cheerleading is a ten month sport that supports girls and boys basketball and football. The squad participates in camps, stunt clinics, and numerous practices from May to the end of March.
“She can do all the hardest gymnastics moves,” noted Assistant Cheerleading Coach Donyale Criswell. “She can flip, do back hand springs, tucks, and layouts. We will really miss her next year. She is a good role model, makes good grades in school and we’re really proud of her.”
“I’ve really enjoyed Wayne County High School because I’ve gotten to know a lot more people. I found a bigger friend group,” said McClellan.
McClellan, the daughter of Tonya and Ray McClellan, is currently taking dual credit classes. She has a 3.5 grade point average and believes Science is her strongest subject. She scored in the 90th and above percentile on the ASVAB test so she gets recruited by the military frequently. She is currently serving as a teacher’s aide in the Guidance Office. She has been in FCA for three years and is a member of FCCLA.
She has worked at McDonalds for two years on a part time basis. She is the youngest child in her family with three older brothers.
“I’m excited to go to the Cumberlands,” said McClellan. “I knew Cumberland was for me when I saw the campus.”
She hopes to major in the criminal justice field. “Ever since 6th grade, I have had a passion for it. They say you should something you love, so it won’t feel like a job.”
She has two areas of interest. Working in a special victims unit with people who have experienced trauma, physical abuse, or domestic violence. “I want to figure a way to get them out of their situation,” said McClellan.
Or, her other interest is weapons analysis where she determines what weapon was used in a crime.
“I just want to be able to help,” she said.
Lindsey smiles with her family, former and future coaches, and school administrators
Lindsey signs her University of the Cumbland contract with her parents, Tonya and Ray, accompanied by her future coach, Corissa Dyer