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PPS Cheerleaders Perform in London Parade

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PPS Cheerleaders Perform in London Parade
Posted on 01/10/2019
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Two Portland Public Schools cheerleaders celebrated the start of 2019 by traveling to England to perform in a New Year’s Day Parade in London on Jan. 1.

Stephanie Brown, a Portland High School Varsity Cheering Team cheerleader, and Kassidy Plummer, captain of the Deering High School Varsity Cheering team, were among about 1,000 other American high school cheerleaders performing to an estimated crowd of about 300,000 people lining the streets. The London New Year's Day Parade is an annual parade through the streets of the West End of London. The event is televised and streamed to millions of viewers worldwide.

Stephanie and Kassidy cheered and danced a choreographed routine on the parade route past world famous London landmarks, along with marching bands, giant inflatables, and thousands of other performers.

Stephanie, Kassidy and Annie Knowles, PHS Varsity Cheering Team captain, were three PPS cheerleaders to make the exclusive All-American team and earn the chance to cheer in London. Annie elected not to go on the trip.

The three qualified for the elite performance while attending a Portland Area Cheer Camp in July – held in tandem with the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and its Varsity Spirit parent organization. All-Americans are selected by UCA or National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) staff at Varsity Spirit summer camps for their superior skill and leadership. All-Americans represent the top 12 percent of ninth- through 12th-grade cheerleaders in the nation. 

PHOTO CAPTIONS: (Top) Portland High School cheerleader Stephanie Brown performs in the New Year’s Day Parade in London on Jan. 1.

(Below) 1) Deering High School cheerleader Kassidy Plummer (left) in the parade on Jan. 1.

2) PPS cheerleaders Kassidy Plummer (left) and Stephanie Brown enjoy their visit to London together.

3) Pictured (from left) are Annie Knowles, PHS Varsity Cheering Team captain; Kassidy Plummer, Deering High School Varsity Cheering team captain; and Stephanie Brown, a Portland High School Varsity Cheering Team cheerleader. All three PPS cheerleaders this past summer made the exclusive All-American team and earned the chance to cheer in London. Annie elected not to go on the trip.

Kassidy Plummer in London parade Kassidy Plummer and Stephanie Brown in London

Annie Knowles, Kassidy Plummer and Stephanie Brown