Local cheerleader to make jump across pond

A local cheerleader says she is going big places, and, after winning an “All American” award with Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), she is starting with the New Year’s Parade in London at the start of the year.

Abbey Gibson, 17, has been cheering for about nine years, starting with midget football cheerleading, and now a senior on the Wapakoneta Varsity Cheerleading.  

Abbey is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be performing in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade, according to a press release.

“It’s intimidating ... it’s hard work, but it’s not hard to go out there and perform in front of everybody,” Abbey said, noting that she is confident when she is cheering.

Only the top 12 percent of the cheerleaders who attend varsity summer camps earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular.

“They teach you a dance, a cheer and a jump,” Abbey said about her varsity try outs at a camp at Ohio State.

When asked if she knew why she was chosen for the award, Abbey said her outgoing personality may have made her stand out.

“I don’t think I’m better than anyone else who tried out,” Abbey said. “Maybe it was just my personality, just being bubbly there, or the fact that I didn’t mess up in front of everybody. It’s a lot of pressure when you’re in front of the whole camp — just lucky.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.