DICKSON — From an early age, Dickson junior Jaci Davidson has always embraced positivity and being a role model for others.

Editors Note: This is part of a series profiling the finalists for the 2019 Cheerleader of the Year award, which will be announced at the Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet in May. 

DICKSON — From an early age, Dickson junior Jaci Davidson has always embraced positivity and being a role model for others.

As a member of the Lady Comets cheer team, she’s been able to realize her dream of being what she always wanted to be growing up, as well as helping spread the message that cheerleading is for everyone. 

“Whenever I was little, I always wanted to be a cheerleader,” Davidson said. “I would look at their positivity, and it just made me happy seeing them. Now that I am one, I see the little kids reactions and it makes me so happy being able to be that one person they can look to in a positive way.”

“I love the thought of being a role model or an inspiration for someone,” Davidson added. “Having people look up to me makes me happy. I love being able to inspire girls or boys who are thinking about doing cheer, but not sure. I always encourage everyone to at least try cheer so they can say they gave it their best shot.” 

Cheerleading isn’t the only platform Davidson uses to spread her new found status as a role model, as she frequently volunteers at the blood bank and the Dickson Elementary School. 

She is also a member of the Dickson High School Student Council, and the show choir, as well as volunteering with numerous community service organizations.

Jaci also manages to maintain a solid GPA of 3.79. 

“I have really good support at home from my parents and my siblings,” Davidson said. “They are all so encouraging to me and push me to be better. Doing all of this good in the world I feel like is going to lead to something bigger and better in my life. When I look back in a few years, I hope I’m able to reflect on all those funny times and memories and just cherish them. There’s always something good at the end of the road in life.”

Davidson was able to add another title to her resume this past December, when she was named a member of the All-Ardmoreite cheer team, making her one of six Dickson cheerleaders to ever earn the honor.

As a member of the team, Davidson is now in the running for the first ever Cheerleader of the Year award. She said that winning the honor wouldn’t just mean a lot to her, but to her community and everyone who has supported her along the way.

“It would be so awesome, and I would love to be the first person ever,” she said. “I’d use it as a way to encourage other cheerleaders to work towards something bigger. I have an awesome cheer coach and awesome teammates behind me. This award I feel like would show that if you work hard enough and involve yourself, good things will happen.”

While her college future is still more than a year away, Davidson has already begun prepping for the next chapter of her life while still enrolled at Dickson High School.

“I’m currently in my first year of the Southern Tech nursing program, and I’m hoping to be accepted for my second year,” Davidson said. 

“From there I’d love to go intern somewhere and just learn the ropes and see where it leads me. My goal is to start off as an RN, and just see what avenues open up, because there’s so many possibilities. I’m also great with blood in medical situations so this is definitely what I want to do with my life when I get older.”