Countryman signs to tumble at the next level as a Pioneer


GRAFTON—The Grafton High School cheer program standout Madelyn Countryman signed on the dotted line Friday, December 11 while surrounded by family and friends to join the ranks of the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at Glenville State.

Although Countryman is a three-sport athlete at Grafton High School, holding spots on  the cheerleading squad, softball team and Bearcat swimming team, it was ultimately cheer and acro-tumbling that won her heart.

With her signing on Friday, she has become the second signee from Grafton’s cheer team to sign collegiate letters if intent this year, as the sport continues to grow.

“I had a couple of other colleges to choose from, but after an invitation to tour Glenville’s campus, I fell in love with it and decided to attend there,” Countryman shared.

When asked how Grafton’s program had prepared her for the next level, she noted that a constant push for improvement and encouragement to work harder led to her success.

“We had exceptionally long and extremely hard and stressful practices. I think in the end it helped me become a better tumbler,” she added.

Countryman chose Glenville in part because of the close proximity to home and the small community atmosphere that Glenville State offers.

She will join the Pioneers squad next season, as she pursues a degree in criminal justice.

We here at the Mountain Statesman wish Madelyn all the continued success as she begins her march onto the collegiate level.

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