Spartan cheerleader Mia McCarthy commits to UNLV
Spartan cheerleader, Mia McCarthy, will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Mia’s signing ceremony took place on May 16 at the High School.
While a cheerleader at Maine-Endwell, Mia led her team to three STAC championships. In 2017 the team was the Section IV champion, and placed second at the NY State Championships.
Mia’s story is one of inspiration: Just after Thanksgiving of 2018, Mia was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer after a tumor was discovered causing a partially collapsed lung. In January of 2019, a successful surgery was performed at Upstate Medical in Syracuse, removing the tumor as well as the upper left lobe of her lung. Declared cancer-free following the lobectomy, Mia recovered and rehabbed, putting herself back on the cheer mat less than 3 weeks following the surgery and competing at the Winter STAC championship and sectionals. Now, less than 4 months from her operation, Mia commits to join the University of Nevada Las Vegas nationally ranked cheerleading team.
In the classroom, Mia excels academically. She received a “gold distinction” on her school’s academic honor roll, she is a six-year NYS scholar athlete. She is a member of National Honor Society.
Mia is also a leader in her school and community. She is the current president of the High School Student Council, and she serves as the student Board of Education member. She also serves on the superintendent’s student advisory council. Mia is a volunteer at Yesteryears Adult Day Program and she has worked to raise funds for the organization.
Mia plans to study psychology at UNLV.
She is the daughter of Todd and Lori McCarthy.