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August 19, 2013

Chance of a lifetime

BHS cheerleaders raise funds for Macy’s Parade New York trip

Athens — BROWNSBORO — A group of cheerleaders and the mascot from Brownsboro High School have qualified to take part in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 28 in New York City.

Seniors Kailey Morrison, Skylar Abney, Kali Pahlon, Destiny Collard, Kati Davis and Victoria Walker were invited by Spirit of America Productions.

They were nominated after earning All-America status at the National Cheerleaders Association Camp in Athens earlier this summer.

The girls will perform in front of Macy’s Herald Square along with 650 performers in two different productions. The parade airs on NBC from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Standard Time.

“I'm even more excited about the fact that I get to experience it with five of my best friends and girls that I’ve cheered my whole life with,” Collard said. “We understand and are committed from the beginning to spend an entire month of our life fundraising and we are sticking to it and staying dedicated.”

The cheerleaders have spent the summer conducting car washes and selling snow cones on Saturdays, along with a number of other fundraising activities.

They are expected to raise $2,200 each before Sept. 13. A silent auction will be held during Bear Mania on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at Bear Stadium to help raise funds for the trip.

“Every free moment we have we are working to raise the funds to go,” Davis said. “We will be the first from Brownsboro to go on this adventure and our hope is that the cheerleaders behind us will continue this honor and trip as a tradition. It all begins with the 2014 seniors.”

Abney said it would be the dream of a lifetime participating in such a big event, describing herself as “a girl from a small town getting to go to the Big Apple and march in a parade that I have watched on every Thanksgiving.

 “It would be a dream-come-true,” Abney said. “And what better chance than now?”

For Pahlon, she said representing Brownsboro as a cheerleader has been a memorable time for her and this is the icing on the cake for her final year.

“It’s an awesome opportunity that would make our senior year even more special and memorable,” Pahlon said.

With all of their hard work coming to a conclusion this year, Morrison said the goal of making it to New York has been something they have talked about for many years.

“We've worked hard for this,” Morrison said. “This is one of those things that we’ve always talked about how awesome it would be if we could go and now we actually get to.”

An account also has been set up for donations at First State Bank in Brownsboro under the name of “Brownsboro Senior Varsity Cheerle-aders.”

If you would like to help with the fund-raising event or for more information, contact Marie Davis with the Brownsboro Booster Club at 903-216-7629.

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