WARNER ROBINS -- Brittany Harbin was born to be a Northside High School super-fan -- literally.
She was nearly born on the football field during a Northside game. Thats where her mother went into labor, while cheering on her alma mater.
So its fitting that Harbin became the captain of the football cheerleading squad and a diehard Northside fan, missing only three Northside football games since she was born. Her peers and teachers say the graduating senior is the spirit of Northside High.
Brittany is the epitome of Northside pride, said Millie Broome, the schools football cheerleading coach. She lives and breathes Northside.
Harbins routine has included Northside football her entire life. Every game day at 4:30 p.m. sharp, Harbins family can be found tailgating outside the stadium.
She got into cheerleading at age 5. She still remembers the day she was named captain of Northsides football squad. During a practice, Harbin was exhausted, sprawled on the floor when the announcement was made, and she was stunned.
I was really ecstatic, she said. Ive always wanted to be a cheer captain.
While her preparations before each ball game have become routine, there are other spirited days that are anything but ordinary. In fact, her favorite part of high school is the day when she dons a giant tutu with a teased, side ponytail. Every day for a week, students dress up based on that days theme. Harbins favorite is Retro Day, when she comes to school in her 1980s garb.
Spirit week has almost become mandatory for Northside students, and it is the highlight of Harbins year.
Youre the odd one out if you dont dress up, she said.
But its not all about game day. Harbin also is a top student, a member of the Beta Club and other organizations. She has performed community service, and her favorite subject is math. When she attends Middle Georgia State College this fall, she plans to major in early elementary education and one day open a recreation center for people with special needs. Its a goal she has had since working with special needs students in middle school.
It just breaks my heart to see people push them aside, she said.
Still, school spirit will continue to be a part of her. Even after she graduates, Harbin will volunteer as an assistant cheer coach at Northside.
Its a school that means everything to me, she said. I love coming to school. ... Im going to miss this.