Collinwood High School Senior Cheerleaders Aly Wilson and Carlie Steele were among 600 high school cheerleaders from across the country representing the camp brand “Varsity Spirit” in the Varsity Spirit Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii from December 4-8, 2021.
These young ladies performed with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in an exclusive performance prior to the opening ceremony of the parade and were then a part of the parade before thousands of fans lining the streets of Waikiki Beach. This trip marked the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The parade theme was “remembering the past and celebrating our future.” Veterans and their families were honored while recognizing that once bitter enemies can become loyal friends and allies.
Besides being able to perform for true national heroes, Aly and Carlie had the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across that nation and enjoy a memorable trip to the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Missouri Battleship.
CHS Senior Cheerleader Rachel Stults was selected to perform with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a one-of-a-kind performance parade through Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park in the 2021 Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. While also being able to enjoy a sunny trip to Orlando, Rachel and the other All-Americans were able to enjoy the beginning of a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World.
These talented young ladies from CHS were part of a select group of cheerleaders and dancers chosen as All-Americans during Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country. All-Americans are selected via tryout based on either superior cheerleading or dance skills at camps operated by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), National Dance Alliance (NDA), United Spirit Association (USA) or Urban Cheerleading Experience (UCE). Only the top 10% of the cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps earn the chance to march in holiday parades of this caliber.
Aly Wilson is the daughter of Allison and Darren Pounders and Brian Wilson. Carlie Steele is the daughter of Jeffery and Jenia Steele. Rachel is the daughter of Stephen and Joy Stults.