Cheerleaders Will Represent Oak Hill In Europe

Posted on August 8, 2012 in Cheerleading, Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Winter Sports

Layne Smith, Marina Allen, and Samantha Thomas

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com
 

A trio of Oak Hill cheerleaders couldn’t hold back their excitement when they heard their names called during the United Cheer Association Camp at Ball State University.

Seniors Samantha Thomas and Layne Smith and junior Marina Allen all were selected to the All American Cheer Team and will represent the United States as high school cheerleaders at the London New Year’s Day Parade in England.

“I was extremely excited when they called my name,” Thomas said. “It was a very intimidating tryout.”

The three Oak Hill cheerleaders were part of a group of 60 cheerleaders that were selected to tryout for the All-American Cheer team from the Ball State camp, which was July 26-29. The cheerleaders were selected to tryout based on their abilities, attitudes and tryouts.

The All-Americans were selected at one of the summer camps hosted by UCA, National Cheerleaders Association, United Spirit Association, Universal Dance Association and National Dance Alliance.

There are only 12 percent of cheerleaders who attend summer camps earn the chance to march in the New Year’s Day Parade. This is the 26th year cheerleaders from around the national will be in London.

The tryouts consisted of a cheer, dance and jump.

“I was overwhelmed when I heard my name,” Allen said. “I have always had thoughts of wanting to cheer in college, and now to be able to go overseas and cheer is even better than what I had planned.”

The girls will travel to London from Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Because the trip is over the holidays, Smith will be unable attend because of family obligations. Thomas and Allen will be two of 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States who will be performing in the parade.

Thomas and Allen both have been cheerleaders since seventh grade. As a team, Oak Hill took home the superior award of excellence for the cheerleader’s abilities and blue ribbons received the four-day camp. The squad finished first in the cheer category and second in the dance competition.

“We both love cheerleading so much, and for us to go to another country and be able to perform is just crazy,” Allen said.

Thomas said it has been one of her dreams to go to England.

The London New Year’s Day Parade is viewed locally by more than one million people and televised world wide with more than 20 million viewers.

“The main thing we want to do is just great a good network and meet some cheerleaders that we have a lot in common with and like doing the same things that we do,” Allen said.

Thomas and Allen both are honor roll students at Oak Hill. Thomas plans on attending law school next year, while Allen has future plans of being a doctor.

All of the cheerleaders are responsible for their own travel expenses. To help with the cost of the trip, Allen and Thomas are setting up various fundraisers. The next fundraiser will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Marion. Allen and Thomas will receive 15 percent of the sales during that time.

The cheerleaders also are looking for corporate sponsorships. They have set up an account in the name of Varsity Cheer London Tour with Grant County State Bank.

Businesses can send contributions to Grant County State Bank; 102 N. Washington St.; P.O. Box 98; Swayzee, IN 46986-098 under the account name Varsity Cheer London Tour. Contributions also can be mailed to: Varsity Cheer London Tour; c/o Kaloha L. Allen; 1302 E. Lyons St.; Swayzee, IN 46986.

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