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April 28, 2014

GC Cheerleading: Dawson's Dotson signs with Wesleyan

DAWSON — She filled in an application to tryout online, and from that email, Demi Dotson, who has been tumbling, jumping, leaping and cheering since she was 5 years old, saw a dream come true.

“Today is a blessing,'' said Dotson, a multi-sport star at Dawson High, who signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship in cheerleading from Texas Wesleyan University on Monday.

That application form back in January opened the door for a tryout in April at Wesleyan, where Dotson overwhelmed everyone there.

“She had a perfect score of 100,'' said Wesleyan cheerleading Coach Carolyn Akins, who was thrilled to sign Dotson. “I was really excited about it. We have been holding tryouts for 10 years and she is the first one to ever score a perfect 100.''

Ikens offered Dotson a scholarship then and there at the tryout, and Dotson signed the dotted line Monday in the Dawson gym in front of family, coaches and friends.

She also has scheduled a tryout for the Wesleyan softball team, and Dawson AD and softball Coach Larry Prince said on Monday that he believed Dotson had a bright future as a softball player as well.

Dotson was the Daily Sun's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and is a three-time All-Golden Circle softball player and also an All-Golden Circle volleyball player.

She's a rare athlete who is simple a star in everything she does.

Dotson has been cheering since she was 5 at the Corsicana Tumbling Academy long before her family moved to Dawson when she was in seventh grade. She has perfected every aspect of the sport from leaping, tumbling, jumping and cheering to being the girl who gets tossed sky-high in the air.

“I love it,'' Dotson said. “I really thought I was going to get a softball scholarship, but I couldn't give up cheerleading. When (Coach Ikens) told me I had a scholarship, I was so humbled. I was so excited. Words can't explain how excited I was.''

Dotson excels in the classroom as well and has some sky-high expectations. She has a 3.6 GPA and plans on going to medical school in sports medicine.

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