North Forrest senior Dawson Lowery made his college decision official Thursday morning by signing a cheerleading scholarship with Jones County Junior College. 

Also a baseball standout for the Eagles, Lowery started cheering two years ago, in large part because of North Forrest’s coach, Lindsey Gallant. Gallant knew of Lowery’s tumbling abilities then and urged him to try out for her team. 

“He [Lowery] is a big-time baseball player and had never cheered before, only tumbled,” Gallant said. “Once he tried out, he got to tumble all the time and learn things [about cheer].”

Now, two years later, Lowery will continue cheering at the college level. 

“Everybody is so proud of him, because he’s worked so hard to get to this point,” Gallant said. “And he’s going to cheer at Jones. That’s a big deal in itself, because their squad is so good.”

“It’s really gonna help me become a better person,” Lowery added. “Joining their cheer squad, it will help me learn more. I’m still trying to figure out the whole cheer thing. I’m learning more about myself as I go along. I feel like Jones Junior College is going to help me figure out what I want to be when I grow up and pave a path to my future.”