FOREST CITY – The Waldorf College cheerleading program brings in local talent with the addition of Tyra Brown.
Brown, a 2014 Forest City High School graduate, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Saturday.
"Having another local cheerleader join the squad is always exciting," Waldorf coach Dyanna Quisling said. "Tyra has some great flexibility and is very passionate about cheerleading."
Brown is a native of Las Vegas and attended Cimarron Memorial High School through her junior year. Serving as a base and flyer, she helped the Spartans win a regional championship and earn a bid to the United Cheerleading Association (UCA) national championship in 2012. Cimarron Memorial placed 13th in the 2013 UCA national competition.
Brown, a two-year varsity letter winner in cheerleading and track and field, received Cimarron Memorial's Best Overall Cheerleader Award in 2013 and was named a UCA All-American.
The daughter of Walter and Gladys Daniels, Brown plans to study sports communications at Waldorf. She joins the Warriors for their first-ever year of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) competition and becomes the second Forest City graduate on the team alongside Kiya Meinecke.
"By attending Waldorf, I will be in a great communications program while also being a part of the up and coming competitive and sideline cheer program," Brown said. "I'll also be cheering next to one of my best friends from high school, so that made the decision really easy."
Brown has been active in cheerleading since she was eight years old and is looking forward to the opportunity to continue the sport at the collegiate level.
"College cheer was always a dream of mine," Brown said. "After the countless hours in the gym, tumbling classes and private lessons, my dream has finally become a reality."
"I am excited to see what this year holds for me and this amazing program," Brown added. "I am so thankful for the opportunity to showcase my skills and knowledge this upcoming year. I am humble and blessed to have such wonderful people in my life that helped me and continue to help me throughout this journey."
Brown is the 10th member of Waldorf's 2015-16 recruiting class. She will transfer from Hawkeye Community College next fall and joins the team as a sophomore. Brown provides the Warriors with a wealth of experience.
"We can't wait to have her positive attitude and enthusiasm for the sport in our mix next season," Quisling said.