PSJ cheerleader to perform in London New Year’s Parade

Kennedy Thacker

Kennedy Thacker

Special to The Star
Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:11 AM.

Kennedy Thacker from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr.High School is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who will be performing in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade. Thacker has been chosen as an All-American for all three years that she has been a Port St. Joe cheerleader. Her varsity cheerleading teammates would like to wish her luck as she heads off to represent her team and her town in London.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as an All American at one of the summer camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), United Spirit Association (USA), Universal Dance Association (UDA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA).  All Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading skills at camps across the country.

Varsity has been hosting camps since 1974. Since then, they have been leading the way by combing high energy entertainment with traditional school leadership. Each year Varsity Brands trains over 325,000 cheerleaders at over 5,000 camp sessions.

Only the top 12 percent of the cheerleaders who attend varsity summer camps earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular.  In addition to performing in the London parade, the All Americans will have the chance to tour London during their seven-day trip.

“This is the 26th year we’ve been able to bring talented cheerleaders to London, where they can showcase their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience,” says Mike Fultz, the Varsity International Event Coordinator.

For more information, visit or contact Mike Fultz at (800) 238-0286 or

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