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1st deaf cheerleader on All-State cheer team

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 23:36:14-05

Now, here's something to cheer about!

Montrell Adams, a senior at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, has been selected to Oklahoma’s All-State Cheerleading Team. Montrell, 18, grew up in Tulsa and lives here with his grandparents on the weekends.

The Oklahoma Coaches Association confirmed that Montrell is the first deaf student to ever join the squad.

Montrell made it through regionals where he competed in cheer, jumps and tumbling in Washington, Oklahoma on Oct. 27.

From there he moved on to the All-State tryouts in Jenks in Nov. Montrell was one of 64 competing for a spot on the 16 member team.

"I was shocked, it was amazing accomplishment," he said. "I joined the team to show everyone that deaf people can do everything but hear. They can get just as involved whether it be basketball, cheerleading or any other sport."

While Montrell has been doing cheer for the last three years, he says joining OSD's squad wasn't his first idea.

"I always used to think that cheerleading wasn't for me. I felt like if I joined I'd be come a sissy," Montrell said as he looked back on why he became a cheerleader. "Later, I decided I'd give it a chance anyway and I realized how wrong I was. It was the perfect fit for me."

Aside from cheering, Montrell is also on the football, track and basketball teams.

Montrell and his new team will compete in the All-State competitions July 24 through 29. The games will take place in the Tulsa area.

2 Works for You sat down with Montrell Thursday afternoon to talk with him about his accomplishment.

Congratulations, Montrell!

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