BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It’s on to the next level for six Biloxi High student athletes as Indian Nation hosted it’s annaul spring signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
Janie Cromer will continue her dance career in Hattiesburg, receiving a dance scholarship to Southern Miss, while her teammate, Billie Ja’Kee Pryor, will dance for the Wildcats at Pearl River Community College.
Jordan Thomas heads to South Alabama on a cheerleading scholarship as - to the knowledge of Biloxi Athletic Director Tom Gladney - she becomes just the second Indian cheerleader ever to earn a scholarship to a Division I school for cheer. Kalle Deming looks to do the same as she will cheer for PRCC next season.
Nakia Daniel, who was a integral part of a Biloxi boys basketball team that went 30-2 and was just a game shy of a trip to Jackson for the state semifinals, will be balling out for the Coahoma Tigers next year. Roshaun Jones, who also played basketball for the Indians, is leaving the Magnolia State completely, accepting a track & field scholarship at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.
Jones told WLOX that he chose Azusa because of his personal beliefs.
“Well Azusa is a Christian school, so I felt like that’s a really big part of who I am," Jones said.
"I feel like it would be good for me to go out there so I can stay focused and keep my connection strong with God.”
Cheerleading doesn’t get the same respect as others in the sports world - some people don’t even consider it as a sport -but Jordan Thomas begs to differ.
“Once you look past the raw raw on the sidelines and actually go to an actual competition where there’s tumbling, flips and stunting, it will completely change your aspect of cheerleading and the way you look at it," Thomas told WLOX.