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ORLANDO (November 28) — Three McKenzie Middle School cheerleaders earned the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving break at Walt Disney World and cheer in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Magic …
ORLANDO (November 28) — Three McKenzie Middle School cheerleaders earned the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving break at Walt Disney World and cheer in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Magic Kingdom among more than 800 elementary, middle and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country.
Ava Warman, 14, daughter of Kerry and Stacie Warman; Brett Toombs, 13, daughter of Casey and Johnna Toombs; and Abbie Young, 13, daughter of Nathan Young and Kyle and Brandi Parham were selected as All-Americans by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) representatives at tryouts during a June camp at MMS. Only the top ten percent of cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps and tryouts are selected. The three are all eighth graders and three-year members of MMS cheer.
The 800-plus cheerleaders and dancers were divided into two groups. Team Mickey participated in a pre-parade performance on Wednesday, while Team Minnie was in Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Warman, Toombs and Young were part of Team Minnie.
They arrived in Orlando Tuesday and practiced that evening and the next day. Following the parade, they were invited to a Thanksgiving banquet. They were able to spend their free time enjoying the Disney parks before returning home Saturday.
The three young ladies spoke about the trip in an interview with The Banner.
Young said, “It was an amazing experience I’ll never forget, and being able to share it with my best friends made it even more sentimental.”
Toombs said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life to perform in front of so many people with my best friends.”
Warman, who also performed in the parade last year, said, “Going last year was great, and going a second time with my best friends was a dream come true.”