CHS cheerleader travel to London’s parade
Caroline Addison, a Clinton High School varsity cheerleader, had the opportunity of a lifetime over New Year’s weekend to travel one of the world’s most famous cities and participate with 8,500 performers in a parade.
Addison traveled to London for the New Year’s Day Parade, an event viewed by nearly 600 million people around the world. She earned the opportunity to participate as an All-American designee in a UCA (Universal Cheerleading Association) summer camp.
Caroline said, “I had the best week to end 2015! I cannot be more thankful for this opportunity that I was given this past week. We got to tour the city of London, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. My favorite thing was seeing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. I also made lots of new friends from all over the USA.”
Addison was one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States representing Varsity Spirit in the parade. Dancers were designated by UDA (Universal Dance Association). UCA and UDA are two of the Varsity Spirit brands.
“This is the 29th year we’ve been able to bring these talented cheerleaders to London, where they can showcase their skills to a vary enthusiastic international audience and explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city,” said Mike Fultz, international event coordinator for Varsity Spirit.
Cheerleaders and dancers invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as All-Americans at a summer camp. Only the top 12 percent of more than 325,000 cheerleaders attending the camp sessions earn the chance to march in the London parade. There are 5,000 Varsity camp sessions each summer.
The London parade performers represented 20 countries worldwide. Cheerleaders, dancers, marching bands, acrobats and others made up the performance crew in one of London’s biggest annual events. The cheerleading All-Americans were “able to celebrate the holiday’s European style with the chance to tour some of London’s most historic sites during their seven-day day,” a Varsity Spirit release said. Since 1974, the Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has focused on safety, entertainment and school leadership for cheerleaders and dancers.