VINE GROVE, KY- Alton Cheer Coaches Patricia Sharps and Cherie Reeves have perpetually had a difficult time singling out any member of their team for recognition. “We’re fortunate, the last two years we’ve had great girls that are fun to be around and fun to coach,” said Sharps.
When asked to nominate one of their Lady Trojans for February’s Student-Athlete of the Month, it was made even more difficult this year because of how good this group is. However, they couldn’t go wrong with who they ultimately selected.
JTA 7th Grader Layla Bradenburg is in her second year with the program and has gotten to see first hand the revitalization that has occurred over the last two years. But not only has she gotten to see it, she has been a part of it. “Her first year as a cheerleader challenged her to become one of JTA’s most promising cheer athletes. Although with cheerleading being a challenge for her at times, she always took criticism well and always corrected her actions with poise,” said Reeves.
In her two years attending Alton Brandeburg has been on the A/B Honor roll as a 6th Grader and is on pace to be as a 7th Grader as well. She has been a member of the JTA Pep Club and Recycling Club for two years, as well as Cheering for the Lady Trojans as a 6th and 7th Grader. In addition to being a dedicated Cheerleader, Layla has played Recreational League Softball in Rineyville since she was six years old, and is looking to join the North Hardin program eventually.
Sharps added, “On her time off from cheer she would take extra gymnastic classes to better herself. Her hard work and dedication proves she has grown as a cheerleader and as a person...she excels academically and stays on course to be on the A/B honor roll. As her coaches, we know she can do whatever she sets her mind to and once her mind is set she will soar.”
Fellow Cheerleader and 7th Grader Tatiana Marchiony agrees with her coaches saying “Layla is a great cheerleader and one of the best teammates anyone could ask for. She always gives her best effort at practices and games and is an amazing role model for everyone on the team.” Marchiony went on to say that “Not only is she a great cheerleader, but an amazing friend. You can always count on her to make you laugh when you're feeling down or just need a friend to talk to.”
Brandenburg’s Science teacher, Nick Ritter, is also very complimentary as well. “I have had Layla in science class for two years now. She always gives her very best effort and has a great grasp of the content. Layla's outstanding work ethic is always on display and other students follow her lead.” Ritter concluded by saying, “She continues to be a great influence on them and I am glad that she is a part of my class.”
Alton Athletic Director summed up Brandenburg’s contributions the last two years by saying, “Cheerleading is the longest Middle and High School sports season. They cheer Football games in the heat, basketball games in two different seasons, and now Alton is back competing again, which requires a different type of preparation. These have to be dedicated, hard-working kids to do what they do, and Layla embodies that drive and that spirit. We’re lucky to have her, and athletes like her.”