First Posted: 1/20/2013
They cheered in the sunshine.
The Wyoming Area cheerleaders performed on the field before the Capital One Bowl in Florida on New Year's Day as part of the Universal Cheerleader Association All-Star team.
The squad flew to Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 29 and was housed at the All-Star Sport Resort at Disney World.
On the two days before the bowl game, the girls had to be up by 6 a.m. to be bused to practice their routine for the game, which they performed with 400 other all-star cheerleaders from all over the country. Practice was from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
They had the rest of the days off to explore Disney World until it closed at 3 a.m.
Anna Malsky, one of the Warrior captains said, We didn't get a lot of sleep, but it was worth it.
The field, the former Citrus Bowl, was a half hour bus ride from Disney. After their pre-game routine, the cheerleaders and their chaperones and coaches, sat in an upper section for the game between Nebraska and Georgia. Malsky was calmer than she had anticipated. I thought I would be nervous but, once I got out there, it was so much fun I wasn't nervous.
The group left the game at halftime and returned to Disney for more time riding the rides.
The next day, Jan. 2, they shopped until late afternoon and then went back to the airport for the flight home. The first two days, Malsky said were a little cold, but the other days were hot. I loved it. It was great. I wish I could do it every day it was so much fun.
The Wyoming Area cheerleaders, coached by Josette Cefalo, earned the invite to the Capital One Bowl by winning the UCA's Trail's End Cheerleading Camp championship in the summer.
Cefalo said a lot of people deserve thanks.
The trip wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Parents Association and the community generosity in support of our fund raisers, she said.