Cheering herself to a college scholarship
Purdy’s Mareth to ink with Drury cheer squad
They are often one of the most visible, but less discussed, aspects of almost any sporting event — the cheerleaders.
Nevertheless, no game is complete without their ability to make fans stand up and cheer their team on to victory.
For four years, Purdy senior Emma Mareth has poured her efforts and talent into leading the cheer squad at Purdy High School. On Friday, Mareth will receive one of the most coveted honors of her cheering career when she signs a national letter of intent to accept a scholarship to continue what she loves at Drury University in Springfield.
Mareth, as a freshman, received the highest score at tryouts and was awarded Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) All-American Cheerleader accolade. She also qualified and performed in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston.
During her sophomore year in high school year, Mareth received the Golden Pom Pom Award.
As a junior, Mareth, again earned the UCA All-American Cheerleader status, qualifying and performing in the New Year’s Day Parade in London.
She also received UCA Camp Best Jumps Award and was named captain of the Purdy cheerleading squad.
The Lady Eagles also named her co-Most Valuable Cheerleader.
During her senior season, Mareth was awarded UCA All-American Cheerleader for the third time and qualified and performed in the Walt Disney Christmas Parade in Orlando, Fla.
Additionally, she was named co-captain of the Purdy cheerleading squad, received the Miss Eagle Award and again received the Purdy Most Valuable Cheerleader Award.
Mareth is the daughter of Ed and Julia Mareth, of Purdy.