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Ex-Marine’s cheerleading studio in Timonium reflects military background

Ex-Marine’s cheerleading studio in Timonium reflects military background

Joining the Marine Corps after graduation from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology didn’t seem like an unusual career path to Russell Lyons, even though he was a cheerleader for the Wildcats during all four years at the Towson magnet school.

Lyons said that some of his fellow Marines didn’t quite understand his athletic background — at first.

“They said, ‘You were a cheerleader? You’ve got to be kidding me,’” the Parkton resident recalled. “I mean, I guess it is kind of an odd thing for a Marine.”

Odd or not, Lyons, 39, said he was able to win over his fellow recruits on one of the final tests of boot camp at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in...

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