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Norcross High Cheerleader Doesn’t Let Obstacles Stand in her Way

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A Q&A with Norcross High School Cheerleader Cameron Syprett

Cameron Syprett is a senior cheerleader at Norcross High School (NHS) who has spent most of her life managing Type 1 diabetes. Peachtree Corners Magazine caught up with her about overcoming that challenge as a cheerleader and her aspirations of going to law school and becoming an attorney.

PCM: How did you get into cheerleading?
Cameron: I always really liked being on stage and stuff, so I started with competition cheerleading and switched over to sideline when I got into middle school. I was 10 when I first started.

PCM: Have you done any other sports?
Cameron: Just cheerleading at Norcross. I’ve done a little bit of soccer when I was younger.

PCM: What are some obstacles or challenges you’ve encountered since you started cheerleading?
Cameron: I’m a Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed with that when I was 8 years old. Cheerleading is one of those sports where you’re out there the whole time, and there was one time at a game when my blood sugar went really low and I went to sit down and I didn’t have anything on me. My friend up in the stands had to go run and find a snack and bring it to me. With cheerleading, it’s super important that I’m checking my blood sugar and getting insulin. If my blood sugar is too high, I could get delirious, and if it goes too low, I could pass out, so that’s definitely an obstacle when it comes to cheerleading. I always have insulin on me. I always have a glucose monitor and try to keep snacks on me in case my blood sugar goes low, but having that insulin on me is the most important thing.

[Cheerleading is] such a great program to get involved in. All the coaches are
amazing. It’s so amazing to be a part of
the team like that. All the girls are so
supportive, and I’ve made some of
my best friends from cheer.

Cameron Syprett

PCM: Do you have to be on a strict diet?
Cameron: It doesn’t affect it a lot. For the most part, I can eat anything I want as long as I get insulin for it.

PCM: What are the best memories you’ll take away from your time at NHS?
Cameron: Honestly, this team is so amazing. Our coach, Chandler
Williams, she was new this year, she’s one of the most amazing people and just having her as a coach was such a great experience. One of the most fun experiences we had was this year we had to travel to Lowndes for a game. It was a four-hour bus ride there and four hours back, and we lost the game, but being able to spend that time with my teammates was really fun.

PCM: What do college plans look like for you?
Cameron: I’m definitely going to a bigger Division I school. Florida is definitely a top choice, one of my favorites. I’m waiting to hear back from them, and I’ve gotten into some other places I’m definitely considering. I’m not planning on cheering in college. I’d love to be able to cheer in college, but I want to go to a DI school and that just wouldn’t be an option.

PCM: Any career fields that you’re interested in?
Cameron: I really love medicine and I really love law, so I would love to do something that combines the two, maybe doing medical malpractice law or something.

PCM: What made you interested in that field?
Cameron: Both my grandparents were lawyers, and I’ve always loved the idea of just being able to help out people. It’s just always been right in my mind, being a lawyer, something I’ve always been drawn to.

PCM: What does a typical day look like for you?
Cameron: I have four [International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme] classes at school and I do work-based learning, so after fourth period, I get to work. I work at Planet Smoothie Peachtree Corners, so during cheer season I would work till about 2:30 and then go to practice, but now I just work later or work a closing shift and then after that, it’s homework and time with family, all that stuff.

PCM: What are your favorite subjects?
Cameron: I really like math and science. I really enjoy biology and chemistry. Right now, I really like my calculus class, and I love history as well.

PCM: When you get some free time, how do you like to unwind?
Cameron: I love hanging out with my friends, watching movies with my dad — that’s how we bond; me and my mom work out together — just spending time with my family and my dog.

PCM: Any favorite movies or books?
Cameron: Right now, I’m really loving the Marvel series. I’m trying to watch them all in chronological order. Anything my dad likes to watch, I watch it with him, so a lot of action movies and stuff like that.

PCM: What are your favorite foods?
Cameron: I love Greek food. I did a mission trip there when I was a freshman. The cuisine they have there is absolutely amazing. They have the best food. I also love Italian food and sushi.

PCM: What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
Cameron: I’d say my Type 1 diabetes. I don’t talk about it a ton. Only my close friends know about it. It’s something you can’t see on the outside, so people don’t really know about it until you tell them, so a lot of people don’t understand the mental and emotional stuff that goes into it. They just think you prick your finger and get shots, but it’s a lot more than that.

PCM: How so?
Cameron: It can just be mentally draining because you’re constantly having to check your blood sugar and you’re constantly seeing these numbers that are good or bad. It can take a toll on you. With diabetes comes other symptoms that can be life threatening, so you constantly have your life in your hands and you’re having to manage it by yourself.

PCM: What advice would you give to younger girls considering cheerleading?
Cameron: I would say 100% do it, even if you don’t have any experience. It’s such a great program to get involved in. All the coaches are amazing. It’s so amazing to be a part of the team like that. All the girls are so supportive, and I’ve made some of my best friends from cheer. It goes by so fast; you just have to enjoy it.

Freelance journalist and content marketer, author and aspiring Screenwriter. Nathan has written for Savannah Morning News, The Brunswick News and the Bayonet and Saber.

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UPCCA Extends Deadline For Annual Scholarship

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UPCCA Scholarship

The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association is back this year with its annual Community Service Scholarship. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organization to make changes in the process, the organization is back to the original award of $1,000 each for two high school seniors who reside in Peachtree Corners and have made the commitment to volunteer outside of school hours during their high school years. 

“Every year, the committee weighs several factors, community service, extracurricular activities and things like that,” said UPPCA President Matt Lombardi. “We’re looking for students who personify our community values.”

Last year’s winner used the scholarship money to purchase a 3D printer and made mask clips that helped secure masks that had to be worn during the nationwide mask mandate, said Lombari adding that it’s that kind of selfless act that makes the awardee stand out.

“And it doesn’t matter what kind of secondary education they’re pursuing,” said Lombardi. “It can be a four-year university, a vocational school or whatever works for the recipient.”

The deadline this year has been extended to May 31 to give students an opportunity to “get back to normal.”

Last year UPCCA awarded three $1,000 scholarships and has toyed with the idea of increasing the amount.

“But we don’t want to be competitive with other non-profits in the area,” said Lombardi.

While the pandemic made it necessary for the award presentation to be held outdoors, this year it will be a Peachtree Corners Baptist Church.

Any high school senior who resides in the 30092 ZIP code is eligible to apply, regardless of where they attend school.

Scholarship application process:

• Complete the Online Scholarship Application. The online application includes areas to upload your documentation for the essay and service activities. 

• Write and/or video a 300-word essay about community service work that had the greatest influence and why. 

• Include a listing of all community service activities participated in while in high school.

The winners will be chosen strictly on their participation in community service.

For more information: In order to qualify for one of the two UPCCA scholarship, you must live within Peachtree Corners and/or be a member of the UPCCA. Click here for information on becoming a member of UPCCA  or contact UPCCA President Matt Lombardi at 770-548-2989.

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Chabad Enrichment Center In Peachtree Corners Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

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A special groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chabad Enrichment Center will be held at the corner of Spalding Drive and Crooked Creek Drive this weekend in Peachtree Corners.

“For the past two decades, the Chabad Enrichment Center has provided a safe place to support, uplift and connect people in the community,” Rabbi Yossi Lerman said. “We are delighted to break ground for the building of our new Center, in the heart of Peachtree Corners.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Local dignitaries, community leaders and the general public are invited to honor this special event.

The Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett is committed to providing every Jew the opportunity to celebrate joy through programs that nurture connection, belonging, cultural fulfillment and spiritual growth.

For more information contact Rabbi Yossi Lerman at (678) 595-0196 or rabbi@chabadofgwinnett.org. Or go to www.chabadofgwinnett.org.

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NHS Foundation Gala Raises Over $114k Toward Student Success

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Hall of Fame inductee Corey Richardson with his family.
Hall of Fame inductee Corey Richardson with his family. (photos courtesy of NHS Foundation of Excellence)

Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence held its annual gala fundraiser recently at Atlanta Tech Park. With over 300 guests in attendance, it was truly a community-wide event. The night was filled with delicious food and drinks and more importantly great fundraising for Norcross High School. Over $114,000 was raised which will be used to ensure the success of all students at NHS!

56 families accepted the Foundation Challenge this year, and eight local businesses sponsored the gala. Foundation Challengers included parents and grandparents of current students, alumni and community members who know that great schools and great communities go hand in hand.

Since 2001, foundation supporters have raised over $2.6 million. These funds go directly back to the school to fund programs that support excellence in arts, academics and athletics.

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