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Norwin cheerleaders Cashdollar, Majiros to continue careers in college

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Doug Gulasy | Norwin Star
Riley Majiros (third from left) and Bria Cashdollar (second from right) pose in the Norwin High School gymnasium on May 8, 2014. In the picture, from left, are Majiros' parents, Skip and Alicia Majiros; Riley Majiros; Norwin cheerleading coach Linda Rundy; Bria Cashdollar; and Cashdollar's mother, Tracey Cashdollar. Cashdollar's father, Scott Cashdollar, is not pictured.

Norwin cheerleaders Bria Cashdollar and Riley Majiros both wanted to continue their careers after high school. After passing their first college athletic test, they'll each get that chance.

Cashdollar and Majiros both made it through recent tryouts to qualify for NCAA cheerleading and dance teams. Next season, Majiros will be a part of the Penn State dance team, while Cashdollar will continue cheerleading at Coastal Carolina University.

“I'm definitely really excited,” Cashdollar said. “The cheerleaders and all the other athletes at Coastal move in earlier than the other students, so I'll get to be down there and get a feel for the campus before everyone else, so that'll be nice.”

“Now that the dance team is official and I'm officially a member, it makes me so much more excited to finally be at college,” Majiros said. “It makes me more wanting to leave home, even though it is only two hours away. I also get to move in early. We have summer camps, so that will help me get acclimated as well.”

To qualify for their respective teams, Cashdollar and Majiros each competed in a three-day tryout process against dozens of other potential team members. At the end of the three days, both were informed they would continue to compete in college.

“It's very competitive,” Majiros said of the tryout process.

Majiros said Penn State was always her top choice in looking for a dance team. The Lionettes won their third consecutive National Dance Alliance collegiate national championship last month.

“I'm always out to win, so being a part of a team that's been winning was important to me,” Majiros said.

Additionally, Majiros liked the spirit of the university. The Lionettes participate in THON, Penn State's annual 24-hour dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Majiros also likes the idea of performing at Penn State football games in front of more than 100,000 fans at Beaver Stadium.

“I've thought about it, but I know once I step on, that's when the moment's going to hit me,” said Majiros, who is undecided on a major but is leaning toward communications and public relations. “That's going to be a very exciting moment.”

Cashdollar originally looked at universities in Florida before her mother took her on a visit to Coastal Carolina, which is located in Conway, S.C.

“I loved it once I got down there,” Cashdollar said.

“It's a relatively newer campus, so all the buildings are brand new. It's really big. It's 10 minutes from Myrtle Beach, so that is a perk as well. But they're well-known for my major (marine biology), too, so that kind of helped with my decision.”

Coastal Carolina has a relatively new team, Cashdollar said, but it placed fifth at the National Cheerleaders Association championships last month.

“Apparently this year our team has the best talent they've ever seen,” Cashdollar said. “It should be exciting to start a new team, and we have some returners who can help us out, too.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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