Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Franklin graduate debuts as Washington Redskins cheerleader 

Posted by Sasha at 5:13 PM ET


Barbra Beach, a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School, will make her professional cheerleading debut at 8 p.m. Saturday when the Washington Redskins host the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL exhibition game.

Beach made the Redskins' 40-woman cheerleading squad in mid-April after a series of auditions that began with nearly 400 competitors.

Beach, 25, danced locally for a number of years at Studio 22 and Cathy Turner Dance Studio and was a four-year member of the Knightettes, serving as a co-captain her senior year of high school.

She was also a four-year member of the drill team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which performed at halftime during the school's home basketball games.

Beach, the daughter of Maloy Beach of Franklin and Jim Beach of Polk, considered trying out for a professional team this past January. Her choices included the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and Redskins and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards.

Beach recently learned of her field assignment for Redskins' home games. She will perform at the 22 1/2 -yard line on the Redskins' sideline.

Beach, who is the facility director of the Academy Child Development Center in Montgomery County, Md., is pictured in the Redskins' 75th Anniversary Cheerleaders Calendar. To purchase a calendar, call Maloy Beach at 437-5238.

The Redskins' cheerleaders will perform at two exhibition games and eight regular-season games.

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