Five local athletes sign to compete in competitive cheer at the next level

VICTORIA, Texas — The Full Force gym in Victoria is having five athletes further their education in competitive cheer at the collegiate level. The athletes are from all around the Crossroads area and will be taking their talents all around the lone star state.

Senior from Victoria West, Kendall Pozzi, is heading to Texas State University to compete on the cheer team. Pozzi says her favorite memory of being a part of the Full Force organization is when her and her team won the National Cheer Association championship a few weeks ago. Pozzi fell in love with the Bobcat campus immediately and is excited to attend the university her dad did when it was South West Texas State University. She has been competing in cheer since the third grade.

I actually tried dance at first and I saw the cheerleaders at the gym and was like “Mom I want to do that, ” said Pozzi. It looked like something that was so fun and I’ve always been loud, so they thought it might be something I should try and then I fell in love.

Pozzi wants to major in business and may want to get into public speaking or marketing in the future.

From Vanderbilt-Industrial, senior Haden Hammack is signing to compete at Blinn College. The reason he signed is because he says the skill level and atmosphere that Blinn provides is  competitive. Hammack’s favorite part about Full Force is competing and it has been the joy of his life.

I attended my very first college clinic there and fell in love, said Hammack. I walked out of the gym and said ” yup, this is the place for me.”

Hammack wants to major in criminal justice and eventually go on to criminal forensics.

From Cuero, senior Desirae Flessner is signing to compete at Sam Houston State University. Flessner says the 3 1/2 hour drive is not too far and the campus reminds her of home. Flessner says she is going to Sam Houston on an academic scholarship. Although her family is sad she will be moving away, they are happy for her future.

I would say competitive cheer has had a big influence on that, said Flessner. I have been in cheer for nine years and being at Full Force has helped my skill level, be a better athlete and well rounded person.

Flessner wants to major in nursing and eventually get her MSN and help younger children in need of assistance.

Levi Stringham from Port Lavaca Calhoun. this senior is heading to Blinn college in part because of how prestigious their program is.  Blinn has won six national championships in its history for cheer competition. Stringham is unsure where he wants to go after Blinn, but wants to major in kinesiology to either be a teacher, physical therapist or athletic trainer. His favorite memory was winning NCA just a short time ago.

It’s just like overwhelming, like being in the moment it was overwhelming.

Madisyn Cortez from El Campo is signing to compete at Stephen F. Austin State University. Cortez first started competing at the age of four and has continued for 13 years. She has enjoyed making bonds with her teammates and coaches through out the years and cant wait to make more bonds in the future. She will major in accounting since she is good at math and wants to help other be better financially.

I love the cheer vibe, I love the people there and the school was amazing

Full Force owner Terese Tompkins wants to bring awareness that competitive cheer might be an option to families that are looking for other ways to help pay for college. Recently, there has been an increasing amount of scholarships handed out to cheer athletes around the country.