Macy Ridener, former GRC cheerleader, makes USA Cheer Team

Macy Ridener, a 2016 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, continued her cheerleading career at Morehead State University after her time in Winchester was through.

Ridener is now a senior at Morehead State, competing in her last season as an Eagle. Her time at Morehead has been successful. In her sophomore season, Ridener won the UCA National Championship with the Eagles.

As her time at Morehead comes to an end, Ridener is moving on to the next step in her cheerleading career: the USA Cheer Team.

Ridener was one of 32 cheerleaders selected for the 2020 USA All-Girl National Team.

Ridener had to go through a tryout and selection process to make the team. Ridener tried out with a partner stunt group, which consists of four people. The group did different variations of stunts and tumbling in front of three US National Team coaches. The coaches’ decisions on who makes the team are very thorough. They take into account what cheerleading position you are, the team’s needs and who would be the best fit. After all that, Ridener was selected as a member.

“It was surreal,” Ridener said after finding out she made the team. “It was a big accomplishment because it made me feel like all the hard work I’ve put in my whole life finally paid off.”

She will compete with the team in the Cheer Union World Championship in Disney World April 28 and 29.

To watch Ridener and the rest of the US National Team compete at the World Championship, you can watch live on varsitytv.com for a fee or watch on ESPN weeks after the event.

Trying out for the National Team is something that Ridener has always wanted to do and she said it means everything to her to be a part of this team.

“It’s the ultimate dream to represent this country, especially doing something I love,” Ridener said. “The USA has lost the last two years, so I’m honored to be a part of this team to bring gold back home.”

Ridener said her former coaches and teammates from GRC have been supporting her every step of the way and even taught her something while she is able to take to the National Team.

“At GRC I learned how to be a leader. GRC really gave me the confidence and drive to become better and try out for the Morehead State team,” Ridener said. “And from there, the leadership skills I learned from GRC really helped me to succeed.”