Wallowa County students Deidre Schreiber, Avery Bedard and Amy Beck are among more than 800 high school cheerleaders from across the U.S. who will be representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.

They will leave Dec. 26 and return Jan. 2 flying out of Seattle. The teens have been selling caramel popcorn to help fund their trip. Other fundraisers are planned.

The individuals invited to perform in the London celebration are part of the All-American program, selected from Universal Cheerleaders Association and National Cheerleaders Association at summer camps across the country. All-Americans are chosen based on superior athletic and leadership skills. Only the top 12 percent of athletes who attend camp earn the chance to perform in the holiday spectacular.

“The All-American program is celebrating its 31st year in 2018, and our talented cheerleaders, dancers and drum majors really enjoy the opportunity to show their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience,” said Mike Fultz, International Event Coordinator for Varsity Spirit.

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance.

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