Mindi Reynolds is a small town girl.
She loves going on camping and fishing trips with her family and hanging out with her friends. She's easygoing and can be a little shy, but she always represents her tight-knit school community of Bellevue with the utmost pride.
Bellevue Varsity Coach Stephanie Gambrel says that Reynolds' positive attitude has earned her respect from her whole squad, so much so that they named her their Most Valuable Cheerleader for the past two years.
"Mindi is always willing to work hard to achieve her goals. She is a valuable flyer, a motivated tumbler, and a leader on the sidelines and in the classroom," Gambrel says.
Reynolds started cheering for Boone County Youth Football when she was just 5 years old and hasn't stopped since. She also runs track and plays basketball — in fact, last year she was on the basketball team and cheerleading squad during the same season!
Reynolds has a standing back tuck and is a versatile stunter, but her favorite part of cheerleading is being with her friends. "It's a small team. We're always there for each other," she says.
Proudly supporting Bellevue means even more to Reynolds since the community rallied around her family after a recent tragedy. Russell Madden, the husband of Reynolds' eldest sister and father to their two young sons, died in combat in Afghanistan in June. The whole town pulled together to honor Madden, a Bellevue High School graduate.
"I always tell Mindi, it's a small town and a small school, but they have big hearts," notes Mindi's mother.
Reynolds stayed with her sister for three weeks following the tragic loss, babysitting her 4-year-old and 11-year-old. Reynolds loves loves working with kids and hopes to become an art teacher one day, and she is now especially close to her two nephews. She was happy to support her sister (and former cheerleading coach), whom she calls her role model. "I just admire how strong she is," Reynolds says.
With the support of a close family and community, Reynolds is excited to spend her last school year with the group of classmates she has grown up with, and is excited to lead her Varsity squad — of which she was recently named captain.
Squad: Bellevue High School Varsity
Hometown: Bellevue, Ky.
Class Year: High School Senior
College Plans: Considering Northern Kentucky University, also considering the U.S. Coast Guard
Career Plans: Wants to be an art teacher
Family: Two older sisters
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Written by: Lindsay Kottman, CheerCincy.com