On Friday, Sept. 22, seventh-grade cheerleader Nevaeh Pettway received a surprise when her mother came to the Daleville High School pep rally.
Her mother, Staff Sgt. Madessa Bryant, received a permanent change of station to Hawaii in April, so she hasn't seen her daughter in almost six months.
Bryant serves as an air traffic controller with the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment in Hawaii.
"She screamed," Bryant said of the moment her daughter saw her. Pettway, according to her mother, saw her aunt first before noticing Bryant behind her.
"She just ran and tackled me."
Bryant said she just wanted to surprise her daughter while on leave, but, after speaking with Pettway's father, she was contacted by Pettway's cheerleading coach.
From there, according to Bryant, the event grew to become a major surprise at the pep rally.
"I was more excited than emotional," she said. "I thought I was going to cry, but I think I was just excited to see her reaction."
Pettway said she was happy to see her mother after so many months. She currently lives with her father.
"I was so excited," she said. "It was shocking. I didn't know what to expect because I didn't know she was coming."