Dixon High’s Paige Hull earns a spot on the East Carolina cheerleading squad

Dixon High's Paige Hull earns a spot on the East Carolina cheerleading squad

Cheerleading is more than just singing, tumbling and jumping for Dixon grad Paige Hull.

“It gave me so much confidence, friends and family,” she said. “It has allowed me to celebrate sport and has opened so many doors for opportunities like this.”

The opportunity came when Hull recently landed a spot for the University of East Carolina Cheerleader.

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After planning to attend the ECU, Hull participated in a three-day trial in Greenville in late March and then had to wait a few days to find out by email that he was in the squad. Recently, Dixon held a ceremony to acknowledge him as a Pirate cheerleader.

Hull’s cheering debut in East Carolina will be on September 3 when the Pirates host the State of North Carolina.

“Not many of these areas do this and cheerleaders don’t get any recognition or credit for all their hard work,” Hull said. “So it’s really an honor to have this opportunity and to show people that this is possible.”

Hull is a four-year, all-conference cheerleader and was named this year’s Coastal 3-A Conference cheerleader as a senior. She was also named the most valuable cheerleader on the team for the Bulldogs, who won first place in the NCHSAA Division I Non-Tumble Medium Varsity category in December in Raleigh and won the conference team competition.

“Paige has been delighted to have coached over the last four years,” said Dixon coach Courtney Bryant. “Her athleticism, dedication and passion for cheering was amazing. He always trains like he does and he is always willing to improve his skills. Paige has left a huge imprint on our cheerleading program and she has inspired our entire team, myself included, to pursue our dreams.”

She hopes her journey in cheerleading can inspire others.

“I didn’t always think that I would have the skill level to make it, but you can do whatever you want if you want it,” Hull said. “Believe in yourself and at least give it a try. If you don’t succeed, there are always more opportunities out there. It really depends on how much work you do and how you carry yourself.”

Chris Miller can be reached by email at chris.miller@jdnews.com. Follow him on twitter @jdnsports.

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