Local cheerleader defies the limits to represent Team USA
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Bethany Jackson competes in the NCA College Nationals Partner Stunt Championship in 2013. ----Courtesy Photo
Bethany Jackson competes in the NCA College Nationals Partner Stunt Championship in 2013. ----Courtesy Photo
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The sky is the limit for Patterson native, Bethany Jackson, who continuously defies gravity after being thrust into the air time and time again, performing synchronic moves and death defying feats before hundreds, even thousands of audience members, as a representative of the USA Federation for Sport Cheering.

At only 23-years-old, Jackson, daughter of Ramona and Michael Jackson of Patterson, has been chosen for the fourth time in a row to represent Team USAs co-ed pick for the 2014 cheer team. For many who are close to Bethany and the Jackson family, this garners no surprise. The limber Patterson local has been known to perfect many dangerous cheer moves without break a sweat since she was 8-years-old.

Jackson continued to work hard throughout her young life, perfecting her abilities as she grew older. Her skills adequately surpassed spectators' expectations, which led to her amazing leadership abilities on and off the cheer squad. She gave back to the community by helping other athletes reach their potential by becoming an assistant coach for Power All-Star Cheer—an organization where she garnered approximately 24 National Titles herself in her youth.

After graduating from Patterson High School in 2008, the California native moved to Texas for a cheerleading scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University.

After attending for three years, and acquiring two National Championship titles, Jackson made the Team USA co-ed cheerleading team to represent the United States through cheer in 2011. After attaining a considerable reputation for her skills, Jackson transferred to the University of Memphis for more opportunities and a full-ride cheerleading scholarship for the Division 1A school.

Jackson has also won one National Champion title with her Memphis team and a partner stunt National Championship title with her partner, Josh Gallia for Memphis in 2013 at the NCA College Nationals in Daytona, Fl. As of 2013, Jackson was named the most collegiate cheerleader from “The Cheerleading Magazine” and has since been featured in their magazine as a daily writer and stunt clinic instructor.

She has also acquired scholarly success after graduating from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in professional studies—her concentration in child development.

Jackson said she has been blessed with her recent opportunities and is excited to represent USA on the co-ed team for the fourth time. According to Jackson, each athlete must help raise a portion of the profits to pay for their uniforms, food, hotel rooms and competition fees.

“Every year, all the athletes who make the team are brought together for two straight weeks to train before the ICU, International Cheerleading Union, Cheerleading worlds that is held in April in Orlando, Fl.,” said Jackson. “For two straight weeks, we stay at a hotel and we train for about nine hours every day.”

As a result, she is on the hunt for fundraising cash to pay for room and board, and hopes to attain her goal of $1,000.

Jackson said Monday, Jan. 27, she owes her success to her amazing supporters, friends and family for their contributions.

To sponsor Bethany Jackson, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/6fasvs

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com

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