During her freshman year of high school, Thomas Jefferson Academy’s Kimberly Gunby accomplished a rare feat: winning a national championship. During the 2012-13 school year, Gunby’s competitive cheer squad won the Spirit of Hope Nationals in Charlotte, NC. It was quite the experience for Gunby to compete and win against cheer squads form all over the country.
“It was crazy, because everyone’s watching you and then [during] warm-ups there’s like 100 teams back there, and it’s intimidating because everyone’s watching you,” Gunby said. “You don’t wanna mess up, because you wanna do good for your team.”
Gunby’s parents were also in attendance for the national championship.
“It’s pretty wild because you basically compete for two days and then you’re sitting waiting pretty much all day, waiting on the results to come back,” Kimberly’s father, Robert Gunby said. “That team she was on, they won competition after competition — it was a really good year, so we were so excited,” Kimberly’s mother, Tonya Gunby added.
Gunby’s GPA ranks second in her class and she plans to attend Augusta University to pursue a career in pediatrics.