Cheerleaders brighten up sporting events with their rhythmic chants that can fire up a crowd.
Anna Agyao is fighting for her Jones County Greyhounds and she's making the grade. That's why she's our Athlete of the Week.
Anna Agyao is a winner in sports and in the classroom. The senior takes spanish. and her schedule is loaded down with advanced-placement classes.
She's in the gifted program, and three days a week she takes college English.
"I've already been accepted to Armstrong Atlantic," she said.
The Jones County native says she wants to go to medical school and stick to her small-town roots.
"I'm looking into being a family doctor a general doctor and opening up a small business in a small town like Gray," she said.
Felicia Skinner is Anna's cheerleading coach and admires the kids drive. "So for her to say she wants to come back to a small town and give back to a small community, that's just an awesome thing for anyone to do." Skinner said.
Skinner says she's not surprised Anna maintains a 3.5 grade point average. "She's so self-disciplined. she knows 'This is what I've got to do and I'm going to go do it'," Skinner said.
Anna also plays softball and soccer and this year she wants to try tennis. "Playing three sports has helped me with my school because it helps with my work ethic," Agyao explained. "You definitely have to be determined and I have a bunch of people here that push me."
Those folks that push her include her peers. Anna says besides stomping on the bleachers, they build each other up by talking about schoolwork.
"We study on the bus and I have a bunch of friends here only cheer leading team that take a bunch of classes so we get together so we study on the bus, riding home, when we go out to eat, and stuff, Agyao said.
"She's one of those model students that every coach and teacher wants to have," Skinner said with a smile.
Anna played on Jones County High's state championship softball team last year.
But she says she's not going to pursue an athletic scholarship. She says she does plan to play intramurals in college and would like to try playing a little Ultimate Frisbee.