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The Stingerettes, shown here following an October competition, will perform at this year’s Cotton Bowl.

The Athens High School Stingerettes are wrapping things up — literally — for their upcoming Cotton Bowl performance.

The Stingerettes will be wrapping Christmas presents for donations at Wal-Mart on Dec. 16. The drill team will work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“They should all be there,” Stingerettes Director Lisa Rosenberg said. “There should be about 14 or 15 girls there.”

For the past six months, the Stingerettes have held a series of fund-raisers for their trip to the Cotton Bowl. The Stingerettes were selected in April to perform in the Cotton Bowl Parade on Dec. 31 and at the game on New Year’s Day.

The cost of the trip is about $5,000. Rosenberg said the gift- wrapping fund-raiser should go a long way toward reaching that mark.

“We’ve raised at least $2,000, probably close to $3,000,” Rosenberg said. “It’s definitely going to happen.”

Before the Cotton Bowl, the Stingerettes will spend a few days sightseeing and practicing in Dallas. The Stingerettes will perform in the pre-game and halftime shows at the Cotton Bowl, using routines selected by the Cotton Bowl organizers.

“We’re going to have rehearsals in Dallas on Friday (Dec. 29) and Saturday (Dec. 30) to get everyone coordinated,” Rosenberg said. “They sent us a DVD of what they wanted us to perform. Right now, we’re working on the routines.

“I’m really excited. The girls are enjoying the routines,” she said. “They’re ready to go.”

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