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    IU's Megan Martz Named American Cheerleader Magazine's cover girl

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Megan Martz is now eligible for <i>American Cheerleader's</i> Cheerleader of the Year award.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Megan Martz is now eligible for American Cheerleader's Cheerleader of the Year award.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 20, 2006

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Indiana University senior Megan Martz has been selected as the October 2006 Cheerleader of the Month by American Cheerleader magazine and appears on the cover of the October issue.

    The 21-year-old, Fishers, Ind., native began cheerleading in sixth grade and cheered though all four years of high school. Martz helped her high school team win the state competition in both her junior and senior years, and also place in the top-ten at UCA Nationals three years in a row. In college, she scored a spot on the all-girl squad, but was forced to leave the team when she aggravated a recurring back injury. Once Martz recovered, she tried out for the famed coed team at IU, which she didn't expect to make, because at 5-foot-6, Martz is much taller than all the other girls on the squad. Martz not only made the team, the 11-year gymnast impressed everyone with her tumbling skills, such as her Arabian through to a full-twisting layout.

    "Megan is a true fan favorite," coach Julie Clements said.

    In addition to pumping up the crowds at games, Martz has made the dean's list throughout college. Working at her local orthodontist for the past three years has given her the ambition to apply to dental school. Martz hopes to have her own practice one day.

    "Being named Cheerleader of the Month will allow me to inspire others," Martz said. "It's important to continually set an example for younger cheerleaders."

    American Cheerleader's Cheerleader of the Month recognizes cheerleaders for their accomplishments on and off the mat. Each Cheerleader of the Month is featured in a cover story, receives a $1,500 cash scholarship and is eligible for the title of Cheerleader of the Year.

    American Cheerleader magazine, published by Macfadden Performing Arts Media, LLC, is the leading cheerleading magazine in the nation.



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