LONDON, ENGLAND - Kaysi Kelly and Emily Thorne left for a cheerleading camp in London, England the day after Christmas and returned to Ilwaco High School Jan. 2 with an experience they will never forget.
The pair of juniors won the right to the trip by qualifying during a tryout at a cheer camp in July attended by the IHS squad.
Emily explained, "We were given a DVD with the routine we were to perform at London's New Year's Day parade so we could practice ahead of time." There were over 450 cheerleader boys and girls from high schools all across the United States who qualified to participate in the camp and parade in London.
The two girls had to raise their own funds to go on the trip half way around the globe put on by Universal Cheerleaders Association. While there Kaysi said she enjoyed the beauty of St. Paul's Cathedral. "I loved the musical, "We Will Rock You," too," she added.
Emily also was impressed that St. Paul's took 35 years to build. "I couldn't believe that Windsor Castle was 900 years old," she exclaimed. The girls' trip was not without incident. Kaysi said, "My feet hurt every day from practicing and walking around London."
Emily said, "I had a major hotel room mix-up. First I checked into a room that someone was still in, then I had my luggage locked into that room." Kaysi and Emily both agreed, however, "The trip was awesome." The duo even taught a new cheer to the IHS cheerleaders they learned in England.