FLUSHING — A trio of Flushing Varsity cheerleaders will be heading down to Orlando this holiday season to cheer at one of college football’s biggest bowl game venues.
Savannah Cole, McKenzie Kalisek and Olivia Bosley have been selected to perform with the All-American team at the VRBO Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. All three will be cheering during pregame festivities in front of 50,000-plus fans at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Cole and Kalisek—both seniors—and Bosley, a sophomore, were awarded All American status by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and qualified for the Citrus Bowl via Varsity camp tryouts. Cheerleaders and dancers who were invited to the Citrus Bowl were judged on cheering ability, dance performance and jumps.
“I am so proud of these ladies and their accomplishments,” said FHS Varsity cheerleading coach Chrissy Latstetter. “They work hard to improve their athleticism, and it certainly shows. They truly deserve this opportunity to show off their cheer skills in front of approximately 50,000 fans.”
Latstetter also commended FHS Varsity cheerleaders Kylee Schlosser, Riley Michael, Piper Shanafelt, Briasia Matthews, Mariah Thomas and Laynita Allen for earning high scores at Varsity tryouts this year.
Cole, Kalisek and Bosley will be traveling to Orlando over the weekend to participate in rehearsals and prepare for their Citrus Bowl pre-game performance. The trio fundraised for their trip by helping with parking at the Renaissance Festival and selling chocolate.
All-Americans were selected via tryout based on the superior cheerleading or dance skills they showed at camp. Only the top 10 percent of the cheerleaders and dancers who attended Varsity camps earned the chance to cheer at the Citrus Bowl.
Cheerleaders who were invited to perform in the pre-game performance are trophy winners from Universal Cheerleaders Association
(UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA),
National Cheerleaders Association (NCA),
National Dance Alliance (NDA) summer camps and Urban Cheerleading Experience
(UCE) brands under the Varsity Spirit umbrella.
The Citrus Bowl, a college football tradition since 1947, gives cheerleaders and dancers the opportunity to perform at the seventh oldest collegiate bowl in the country, as well as the opportunity to visit Universal Studios in Orlando.
The Citrus Bowl game will be aired Jan. 1 on ABC at 1 p.m., featuring #17 Iowa vs. #25