What started out as a trip to camp to work on stunts quickly turned into much more for the cheerleading team at Lancaster High School.
The LHS girls will be taking the field during the pre-game show at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
“I am so proud of them,” said cheer coach and Clinton Elementary School teacher Jessica Jollie.
Jollie took 27 of her athletes to a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at Furman University in Greenville for three days earlier in the summer. They trained and practiced during the day and each night and on the last day, there were evaluations.
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The girls from Lancaster High took home the leadership award, camp champion award and best overall performance – and with that comes a trip to the Capital One Bowl.
“It was exciting because I know myself and all of the girls, we’ve been working really hard,” said sophomore cheerleader Alexis Todd.
The Capital One Bowl is held on New Year’s Day and features a team from the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten Conference. The 2014 Capital One Bowl pitted the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Lancaster High cheerleaders will arrive in Florida a few days before the bowl game with Jollie. They’ll have practice in the morning and head to Disney World in the afternoon.
“It’s an honor for these girls,” Jollie said. “They’ve worked really hard and they deserve it.”
Exactly how many cheerleaders get to make the trip will depend on how much money the team raises. Right now, they’re pursuing corporate sponsorships and they’ll do some other fundraisers as the date gets closer.
“All 30 of us really want to go, so we’re going to try as hard as possible to make it happen,” Todd said.
The Lancaster High cheerleaders will perform with hundreds of other girls from across the country. Jollie said she’s looking forward to her girls experiencing all that comes with such a big trip and performance.
“They’re just going to have so much fun,” she said.