RED JACKET — After root, root, rooting for the home team for three seasons Lakin Reed has earned the right to advance to the next level.
Mingo Central senior cheerleader Lakin Reed has been awarded a scholarship to cheer this upcoming season for Marshall University. She is the first cheerleader from Mingo Central to be awarded a scholarship to cheer at the next level. On Thursday evening at Mingo Central, Reed and her family met with a representative from Marshall University’s cheer program to sign her letter of intent.
Reed has been cheering and involved in gymnastics since she was four years old. She has cheered for the Miners for three seasons; she cheered on an All-Star team her junior year, she has been noticed be the Thundering Herd as a person they want on their team.
Reed said, “I am extremely excited for this opportunity, I feel like all of the hard work and dedication I have put in has made me ready to move on to something bigger.”
Reed is from Matewan and is the daughter of Sandy and Wayne Reed. She plans on majoring in Early Education when she enrolls at the University in the fall.
Sandy Reed said, “It’s kind of bittersweet that she is growing up and will have to leave us but, we are very excited for her. She is such a hard worker and she has put so much into this that it’s obvious that she deserves it.”
Reed summed everything up by saying, “I would like to thank my parents, my coaches and my teammates; without them, I would not be in the position I am today.”
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)