Local cheerleaders to perform in parades at Walt Disney World resort

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
From left: Andrew Prier, Yessnie Lepez, Lexi Yockey, Jillian Hang, Jillian LeCompte, Whitney Koenig and Steven Collinwood will represent Cassville later this year at parades at Walt Disney World. Contributed photo

Cassville students to be in Thanksgiving Day Parade, Varsity Spirit Spectacular

Jillian Hang, Steven Collinwood, Andrew Prier and Whitney Koenig from Cassville High School are some of more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit as All-American cheerleaders in the fourth annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

Yessnie Lepez, Lexi Yockey, and Jillian LeCompte from Cassville High School are some of more than 500 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent Varsity Spirit as an All-American cheerleaders in the 2019 Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade are part of a select group of 9th to 12th grade captains, co-captains and officers who attended a Varsity Spirit summer camp this summer hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) at Cassville High School. The entire Cassville High School cheerleading and stunt team tried out for the All-American title by performing a dance routine and a cheer that they learned during camp plus jumps for the women and the gentlemen tried out with the cheer that they learned and a stunt.

These students will perform in an exclusive pre-parade performance through Disneys Magic Kingdom Park before of hundreds of fans. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, performers will have the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across that nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort parks.

I think to me, being chosen as an All-American is such an amazing opportunity and an honor, Hang said. I remember always being a little girl and looking up to cheerleaders and telling myself that I was going to be a cheerleader one day; my opportunity came and here I am today. Im so excited to be a part of something so big and amazing. I am looking forward to growing as a person and a cheerleader. Im excited to meet new people with similar interests and grow with them and get better each and every day.

It isnt just a privilege, it is an honor to be a part of a national level team, Collinwood said. The opportunity given to me has been an extremely humbling experience.

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