Mohawk Cheerleaders March in Disney Thanksgiving Parade

Thursday, December 21, 2017
PHS cheerleaders Presley Tullos and Maddie Vanderkooi during their recent trip to Florida for the Disney Thanksgiving Parade.

The recent holiday break was a special one for two Piggott High School cheerleaders, as Presley Tullos and Maddie Vanderkooi, participated in the Thanksgiving Parade in Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom. The parade was sponsored by the Varsity All-American Cheerleader's Association, and their parents accompanied them on their journey, noting they are very proud of what their girls have accomplished.

In order to earn the right to experience new opportunities, such as the parade, the two had to complete a try-out. During cheer camp, instructors nominated the cheerleaders. Those nominated then were tasked with learning a cheer they would perform in front of judges. Along with the cheer, they were required to show their abilities through other exercises, such as tumbles and jumps.

If they received a high enough score, they are labeled an All-American, and this grants them prospects to participate in within their region. For Presley and Maddie, their opportunity was to participate in the parade.

PHS cheerleaders Presley Tullos and Maddie Vanderkooi during their recent trip to Florida for the Disney Thanksgiving Parade.

The pair describe their experience as a great deal of fun, and “different from anything [they'd] done before.” Through this opportunity, the girls also met “new and interesting” people, and had the chance to form bonds with their new friends.

Maddie has been a cheerleader since fourth grade, around eight years. Presley has been a cheerleader for about seven years, since she was in fifth grade. Each girl agreed on the reasons they decided to become cheerleaders: “it seemed like a really fun thing to do.” Both girls had taken tumbling classes when they were very young, as well as participated in the Mini-Mohawks cheer program, which ranges from kindergarten through sixth grade.

The two indicated they hope to take part in other events in the future, and plan to enjoy the opportunities they have and will have to meet new people and experience new places and things.

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