Cheerleaders leaping at Citrus Bowl prospect

August 24, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Two dozen students from Arundel Senior High School in Gambrills have something to cheer about, but they may not get the chance without some financial help.

The students, members of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads, won the right to spend New Year's Day performing at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., after they beat teams in a competition sponsored by the Universal Cheerleading Association.

In addition to the team trip, two squad members won separate contests and have an opportunity to march in a November parade in downtown London. Another young girl won the right to march in a Thanksgiving Day parade in Houston.

But trips like that cost money -- $19,000 combined to be exact.

"We just hope we can raise enough money for all the girls to go," said Allison Phipps, 21, one of two advisers for the team, which cheers for the high school's football, basketball and wrestling teams.

Parents have come up with $3,000, and the team will be sponsoring a series of fund-raisers to earn the rest of the money.

Melissa Haga, 17, a senior, said she will try to raise the $1,802 she needs to go to London, where she would join other cheerleaders from around the world as they perform in the Lord Mayor of Westminster parade.

The London parade also is on New Year's Day, and Melissa said she would rather go to London than Orlando.

Her friend and teammate, Bridget Carmichael, 16, is a junior and would have one more chance to compete and possibly travel to Europe if the money isn't available this year, Melissa said.

Her adviser agreed that the London trip is an opportunity not to be missed. Ms. Phipps, who graduated from Arundel High in 1990 and attends the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, went during her senior year.

"It's a lot of fun," she said.

Melissa said winning the competition is important.

"It is a big honor," she said. "At our school, they don't pay too much attention to us. This gives us a chance to go out and show people that we can do something."

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