South cheerleaders hope to march in London

New Year’s Day will be different for Southmont High School senior cheerleaders Hannah and Haley Forsythe this year.

The twin sisters have the opportunity to appear in the London New Year’s Day Parade after being chosen as All-American Cheerleaders. 

To make the trip possible, they hope to gain support from the Montgomery County community.

The Universal Cheerleader Association recently put on a cheer camp at Southmont. Each attending cheerleader had the choice to tryout for the All-American team. The twin sisters only attempted to make the team with the urging of their fellow cheerleaders.

“We really didn’t think about trying out until our friends told us we should,” Hannah said. “I think we both were surprised to be chosen by the UCA staff. Only 10 percent of the cheerleaders from their national camps make All-American.”

Hannah and Haley are the daughters of Beth and Charlie Thomas. They have been cheering since seventh grade after deciding to stop playing sports. Their sport now is cheerleading.

“Cheerleading is definitely an activity that you have to practice for all the time,” Haley said. “Even during the summer, we are still practicing at the camp and entering contests.”

To help raise the $8,000 needed for the Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 trip, both girls are working two jobs this summer. But, they hope the community will help them finance the trip to the United Kingdom.

“We talked it over and decided we should at least try to see if anyone would help us get to London,” Haley said. “This is going to be something new and exciting. We both are looking forward to a whole new experience and meeting cheerleaders from all over the country.”

Both girls are considering their cheerleading careers in college after high school.

A Go Fund Me account has been established to help raise funds and it is called Help Send Haley and Hannah to London for anyone wanting to donate.