Sasser to boost Mobile University with scholarship – The Andalusia Star-News
Andalucia high school student Taylor Sasser has fulfilled a lifelong dream and has pledged to take it to the next level with Mobile University on Wednesday, April 20.
“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity because I always wanted to be a college cheerleader. For a very long time, not everyone thought I would be able to. That was until that I push myself to be better and strive for my dream. I look forward to meeting new people, starting afresh, and building a relationship with the UM team,” Sasser said. “A Once I became a senior, I knew in my heart that it was a part of me that I wasn’t ready to let go yet.”
She started clapping at the age of eight and completed a chapter this school year.
“I kept going through my middle and high school years. I’ve always loved the energy that cheerleaders bring as well as the portrayal of school spirit that they have. I will miss the atmosphere of the Friday night lights and the cheering of the Bulldogs. I learned to be a team leader and I learned to work with other peers. My biggest highlight in Andalucia was when I was co-captain of my senior year’s cheer squad.
Former Andalucia Cheer coach Candace Smith spoke about Sasser’s contributions to the Bulldogs.
“Taylor has always shown hard work and dedication with her teammates and followed my expectations. She has always shown patience and perseverance and is confident, hardworking, loving and God-fearing. Despite all the setbacks we encountered as a team, she always struggled to find a way to keep coming back, especially in the face of adversity. I know she will make an incredible athlete at the college level. She left a huge impact on my life that I will cherish and so deserve this role in this new chapter of her life. She was always ready to put sweat, love and tears into this team. She adapted when she needed to in certain situations, and I’m really proud of Taylor.
Sasser added that when she was younger, she looked up to older cheerleaders. “I figured I’d be one someday. When I did it, I knew I’d always have little eyes looking up. I love the way little girls look at me. It brings me so much joy when I see all their faces light up with joy when they see me.
She knows the importance of cheerleaders who represent their school in a positive way.
“We have to show others that they can see that our school is the best and be a good role model for others.”
Receiving support from those close to her means a lot to Sasser. “Having my family be there for me and supporting my dreams means the absolute world to me. I could never thank them enough for what they have done to help me achieve my dreams. Thank you to all my family who helped and mentored me throughout my years. I can’t wait to see what God will do for me in this next chapter of my life,” she said.
She said the biggest influence in her life was her grandmother, Pam Bond. “She always tells me that I can be anything my heart desires. She teaches me to be a woman of God and always keep God first. I admire her and I hope that one day I will be like her.
She is the daughter of Greg and Ashley Turner with a brother, Carter, and a sister, Sawyer. Sasser will graduate from Andalusia High School on Friday, May 20, 2022.
“We are ready for Taylor to join us. It’s a super solid base, which immediately clicked with the team. I think she will be a great addition for us. She has a great attitude and we are really looking forward to having her on our competitive team next year,” said UM head coach Kami Whiteis.