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Cheerleader takes to the air
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Long County High School cheerleader Tera Strickland earned the chance to participate in the New Year’s Day parade in London, England. - photo by Photo provided.
A Long County High School cheerleader has given credence to the idea that tenacity and hard work does pay off for those who earn it.
After attending and competing in a Universal Cheerleaders Association Camp on Jekyll Island, LCHS senior Tera Strickland has earned the opportunity to participate in the upcoming New Year’s Day parade in London, England, she said.
While at the camp, Strickland displayed persistence and dedication, which contributed to her being chosen as one of the few UCA All-Stars who would fly overseas and take part in the parade, she said.
“Besides my tryout to go overoverseas, I think they watched me throughout the entire camp to see if I was what they were looking for,” Strickland said.
Strickland’s cheerleading position was that of a flyer who gets thrust many feet in the air to contribute to the spectacle of cheerleading; yet she admitted that being a flyer can be somewhat difficult because sometimes she does not land on her feet.
“Even if I fall, I pick myself right back up, and I’m ready to try the stunt again,” she said. “I try and I try until I get it right.”
Despite her four years at Long County High, Strickland spent the majority of her life in Liberty County, and began her cheerleading career at Lewis Frasier Middle School, she said.
Besides becoming a UCA All-Star, Strickland was also asked to try out for the position of a UCA instructor, she said.
Yet since the summer is soon coming to an end, Strickland has decided to attend Georgia College and State University where she hopes to continue her cheerleading career, she said.
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