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Cardinal Newman Cheerleader Only One from the Midlands to Participate in World Famous London New Year’s Day Parade

Cardinal Newman student athlete and senior cheerleader Makenna Hoover is one of twenty high school cheerleaders from across the state who will be representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade. She’s also the ONLY cheerleader from the Midlands to participate.

Cardinal Newman student athlete and senior cheerleader Makenna Hoover is one of twenty high school cheerleaders from across the state who will be representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade. She’s also the ONLY cheerleader from the Midlands to participate.
The individuals invited to perform in the London celebration are part of the All-American program, which includes cheerleaders selected from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) at summer camps across the country. All-Americans are chosen based on superior athletic and leadership skills. Only the top 12% of athletes who attend camp earn the chance to perform in the holiday spectacular.
Hoover has been Captain of Cardinal Newman Varsity Cheerleading for five years. She is a three- time cheer All-American; South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) State Runner-Up, Cardinal Newman competition cheer 2019; SCISA State Softball Champion, 2019; Co-director of the 2020 Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon; KAIROS leader; Wings Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Executive Board member; and National Honor Society member.

“I’m so excited Mackenna will be getting the opportunity to cheer in the London New Year’s Eve Parade,” said Cardinal Newman Head Cheer Coach Morgan Lea Daniels. “What a great way to celebrate all of the hard work she has put in over the years. She will cherish these memories!” Daniels should know as she appeared in the London New Year’s Parade twenty-two years ago.

Hoover cheers competitively for the current world champion program Rockstar Cheer, Greenville, S.C. (Guns N Roses), where she is a Summit Champion and International Summit Grand Champion. She also is a National Cheerleaders Association National Champion and a Cheersport National Champion.

Hoover plans to attend Clemson University or The University of Oklahoma and major in chemistry (pre-med track).

The London New Year’s Eve Parade will broadcast locally on PBS beginning at 7:00 a.m. on January 1, 2020.