Two East Texas stars make their way to AT&T stadium

Courtney Johnson

POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 5:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 5:36pm

It's possible that next fall you could see two East Texans, Courtney Johnson and Ally Honeycutt, on the big screen at AT&T Stadium, and wearing the famous blue and white uniforms. "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are the best of the best, they are the top performance organization in the country," said 19-year-old Tyler native, Courtney Johnson, who wants to be a part of that legacy. She's that much closer to making her dream come true because she is a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Finalist. "Being a finalist means so much to me because its so hard to get to this point," said Johnson.

It's a lifetime of dedication makes her stand out among hundreds of girls auditioning. She said if she makes the team, "it would mean everything to me, this is something I've wanted to do my whole entire life and I've worked so hard for it and I really want to see that hard work to pay off." The Bishop Gorman High School alumni first put on dancing shoes at two years old, and now her eyes are set on AT&T stadium.

Melinda McNatt, Spirit of Tyler Gym owner, has been coaching Johnson since she was in elementary school. She said, "I've known since she was little, and I tell her this all the time, like you know, whether this happens this year, or in two years or in five years, you are destined for something big." Whenever I said to her, "Lets say she does make it, when you see her in that famous blue and white uniform," and she replied, "Oh I'll cry, I would cry, I get emotional just thinking about it now."

"Whether you're up at the stadium or you're back in East Texas watching on your TV I hope you can look at the cheerleaders and see a familiar face from Tyler," said Johnson.

Ally Honeycutt of Kilgore has also made it to the finals. If you'd like to vote for them, and help them make the team click the link below. Voting closes May 17 and is limited to one vote per email address.

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