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Local teen brightens the field and classmates through cheers and smiles

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -  Sixteen-year-old Kiana Durant started cheer-leading when she was 6 years old. Today, she’s on the squad for the North Myrtle Beach High School Chiefs,  helping the players achieve victory. Her cheers and smiles are encouraging others to succeed and it's a gift she says comes naturally.

“I think I'm happy, creative, joyful, smart, energetic, haha, things like that," said Durant. 

"Things like that" are also keeping her successful when off the field, as she strives for straight A’s. This year, she's taking Algebra Two Honors, Chemistry Honors, Entrepreneurship, U.S. History and Creative Business. She’s also on the National Honor Society. When Durant graduates, she plans to attend USC and one day become a psychologist, helping teenagers with depression, something she says she often does in school currently.

“I just tell them to smile, life gets better, you just have to smile through it, keep going and it will get better," said Durant.

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