Waxahachie High School seniors Stefani Lund and Katelyn Landon have each landed a cheerleading spot at Tarleton State University in Stephenville this fall to cheer the Texans on.

Lund will be on the all-girls squad, cheering at women’s basketball and home football games. Landon will serve on the co-ed cheerleading squad, cheering at all football games, men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.

Both girls received materials from Tarleton and while Lund said she never considered any other offer, Landon had checked into a couple of other schools before deciding on Stephenville.

Natives of the Gingerbread City, Lund and Landon cheered for Waxahachie together as freshmen, junior varsity and varsity team members.

“Cheering is my passion,” said Lund, who has competed in all-star competitions since she was in the fifth grade. She will participate in the collegiate national competition in Daytona, Fla., next spring.

Landon began competing in 2008 and both are proficient in backhand springs.

“We will be busy our first week,” Lund said. “We will have to be on campus Aug. 20 and then school starts on Aug. 24, and we will have our first football game on Aug. 27 at Monticello College in Arkansas.”

The girls will attend two cheerleading camps in July: one at Southern Methodist University and one in Kansas.

Both said they are looking forward to their Tarleton State University experience.

“I like Stephenville,” Landon said. “It reminds me a lot of the way Waxahachie was a few years ago. And we already have several friends from here who will be in school there and so we won’t be up there with a bunch of people we don’t know.”

The girls admit the schedule will be grueling for them next year with workouts every morning from 6:30-7:30 and practice three days a week.

“We will only have a couple of weeks off for Christmas,” Lund said. “And we will just have a few days off during spring break.”

Asked what their future plans are, Lund said she wants to pursue training in nursing and Landon will pursue a career as a dental hygienist.

Stefani is the daughter of Richard and Diana Lund, and Katelyn is the daughter of Jeff and Carlissa Landon, all of Waxahachie.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com