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LOGANVILLE -- Morning radio personality Wendy Adams is fulfilling a high school dream.
Adams is returning to her alma mater this week as a cheerleader.
"The one thing I regret from high school was never being on the cheerleading squad," said Adams, a 2003 graduate of Grayson High School.
Adams said she was the "shy girl in high school" and intimidated to try out for cheerleading. Instead, she was a peer leader and participated in band and color guard.
"I always watched from the stands," she said.
Not this Friday.
After Adams, a co-host of The Bert Show on Atlanta radio station Q100, talked about her regret on the air, the school invited her to visit and join the squad one week. Adams will run out on the field with Grayson's varsity football squad at the Friday night game against Parkview. She'll stay and cheer during the first quarter.
"We're so excited to have Wendy come back and join us and to show her how much fun cheerleading can be," said Michelle Jones, Grayson's head cheerleading coach.
Adams is also getting a taste of the squad's weekly activities. She visited the high school Tuesday afternoon to help the girls create the run-through banner, and she'll stop by this afternoon to learn 20 to 25 cheers, plus a touchdown dance.
"It's cool that she wants to come back and (live) her dream that she wanted to pursue," said Amy Thurber, a junior on the squad.
Thurber said she hopes the experience will show Adams that cheerleaders are outgoing, but they aren't the stereotypical mean girls.
On her first day with the squad, Adams said she was having fun.
"All the girls are so sweet and super spunky," she said, adding that she was also impressed with their creativity.
Adams said she's also pleased that she gets to help raise awareness for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, a cause that will be celebrated at Friday's game. Grayson is having a "purple out," and all visitors to the game are invited to wear purple.
Also during the game, the school will remember students who have died from cancer and celebrate its survivors.
The Bert Show airs on weekday mornings on 99.7 FM.