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Bode to join collegiate ranks at Lindenwood

By Anthony Jones

TROY — With 13 national championships to their name, Lindenwood cheerleading has plenty of accolades to their name.

Triad senior Maris Bode recently committed to join the powerhouse program.

“I chose Lindenwood because I wanted to get the college experience of living on my own while also still being close to home. Lindenwood’s cheer program has impressed me as they have won Nationals multiple years in a row,” Bode said of her decision to become a Lion.

Lindenwood, which competed at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Cheer Championships, added two more titles to their resume last April.

Reaching the next level of the sport is a long-time dream of the future Lion, “I have wanted to cheer at the collegiate level since I started cheer in 7th grade. It is an honor to be able to cheer at the collegiate level and being able to have this experience.”

While representing Lindenwood on the national stage, Bode plans to study criminal justice and sociology. 

The Triad senior expressed thanks to those who aided her journey to the collegiate level, “I would like to first thank my family for always supporting me. I would also like to thank my highschool coaches and my tumbling/stunting coaches for helping me throughout the years to achieve my goal of cheering in college.”

Maris Bode signs with Lindenwood alongside family. (Photo courtesy of Triad High School)

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