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Dilley High School’s Ja’Sellie Castillo, Reyna Martel and Rena Ochoa will be among the more than 600 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the Varsity Spirit Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii December 4-8.
Individuals invited to perform are 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 ten percent of the cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps earn the chance to march in a holiday parade of this caliber.
The three girls will perform with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a performance prior to the opening ceremony of the parade and then be a part of the parade before thousands of fans lining the streets of Waikiki Beach. The trip marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The parade theme is “remembering the past and celebrating our future.”
Besides being able to perform, athletes will have 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.
“As an All American Cheerleader, I am looking forward to seeing Hawaii and exploring and learning more about it,” Castillo said. “I feel that being a part of the memorial parade is an honor because you are a part of commemorating a testament to the heroism of the brave men from December 7, 1941.
“This is important to me because not only am I representing myself, but also Dilley, Texas as a community.”
“It is an honor to be selected to represent Dilley at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade,” Martel said. “Being able to cheer for those who are veterans as well as those who are currently serving is the biggest honor of them all because my older brothers are serving. I look forward to seeing the beautiful beach and people.
“It’ll be an experience of a lifetime and a memory to never forget.”
“I am very excited to experience this opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting new people and being in the parade,” Ochoa said.