Sandy High cheerleader Taylor McMahon

Defying outdated notions, cheerleaders jump ahead in academics and athletics

Aside from major fame in acting, nation-leading and broadcasting, what do Meryl Streep, George W. Bush and Diane Sawyer have in common?

All are former cheerleaders.

Such high achievement belies the old stereotype that some still harbor, that cheerleaders are bubble-headed beauties who simply lead rhyming shouts to support boys playing sports.

Umm, no.

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Story by Teresa Carson and photo by Brittany Allen, Sandy Post