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If you watched the ABC 6 Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day parade, you may have seen a few familiar faces.
Chrisman Junior High’s Gracie Cash, Remington Laughead and Addison Miller participated in the 102nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24th.
This parade is the oldest running Thanksgiving Day Parade in the United States.
Chrisman High School Freshman Leah Phipps joined the trio after being chosen by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) during the High School summer cheer camp.
On the last day of the Junior High Cheer Camp, held in July, any of the cheerleaders who wanted to were able to try out for the UCA All-American Squad. Girls are selected by a UCA instructor and selected girls get the opportunity to participate in Varsity special events where they will be recognized as elite cheerleaders.
“Becoming an UCA All-American means cheerleaders demonstrated the appropriate skill they learned with zest, controlled motions, smiling facial expressions and well formed jumps,” Assistant Coach Brittaney Ford told us in July. “The cheerleaders were judged on the dance routine, one cheer routine they learned and a jump of choice.”
All-Americans represent the top twelve percent of Junior High Cheerleaders in the nation.
On November 22nd, the cheerleaders made their way to Philadelphia. The day before, the UCA held a dinner cruise for the cheerleaders and the families attending. Thanksgiving Day involved an early wake up call at 3:00 a.m for a 5:00 a.m departure to the parade route.
If you missed the parade, you’re in luck. Through the month of December, the parade can be viewed through the Hulu app.