Local girls may perform in London
Abigail Hale, left, and Cora Uruburu were named All-American cheerleaders at cheer camp this summer. Winning the award made them eligible to travel to London and perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Photo submitted
Oct. 16 — Think you have big plans to celebrate the New Year? Two young ladies from Lassen County plan to ring in 2014 by cheering through the streets of London.
Lassen High School cheerleaders Cora Uruburu and Abigail Hale have been working hard over the past several months to raise funds to allow them the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to perform in London’s New Year’s Day parade with professional cheerleaders from around the world.
The pair were given the opportunity to travel to London and perform in the parade when the Lassen High School cheerleading squad went to cheer camp over the summer. Uruburu and Hale were among a group of cheerleaders nominated by the camp’s coaches to receive an All-American award, which made them eligible to travel to London and perform in the parade.
The All-American award is given to cheerleaders each summer at UCA, UDA, NCA, NDA and USA camps. Each year, thousands of cheerleaders and dancers try out for All-American, but only about 10 percent are chosen to receive the title. Receiving the All-American title also makes the dancer/cheerleader eligible to perform in various popular, televised parades and events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Disney Parks Christmas Parade Performance and many others.
The summer camp the Lassen High School cheerleading squad attended offered eligibility for All-Americans and All-American nominees to go on the Varsity London Tour from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 and perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade.
It will cost Uruburu and Hale about $6,000 to make the trip, but they are determined to make their dream a reality and have already been working hard to raise the funds.
In previous years, All-American winners have chosen not to go on the trip they were eligible for, usually because it’s hard to raise the money to fund the trip. However, Uruburu and Hale’s desire to go to London outweighed their fear of fundraising obstacles.
“Most years the girls (who get All-American) are like, ‘Oh, whatever, it’s London,’ but we were like, ‘No, we want to do this,’” Uruburu said.
The pair has donation cans set up in local businesses around town, are planning to hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and will be participating in the Honey Lake Valley Grange Haunted House.
The final payment for their trip is due in early November.
For more information or to donate funds to the girls’ trip, call Uruburu at 251-7663.