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SCC’s Ashlynn King performing in London New Year’s Day Parade

LAPLACE — Ashlynn King is heading to the land of royals.

The St. Charles Catholic senior leaves Dec. 26 for London with sights set on performing in England’s national parade six days later.

King is one of more than 800 high school cheerleaders from across the United States representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.

King and others were invited to perform in the London celebration as part of the All-American program, selected from Universal Cheerleaders Association and National Cheerleaders Association at summer camps across the country.

All-Americans are chosen based on superior athletic and leadership skills. Organizers said only the top 12 percent of athletes who attend camp earn the chance to perform in the holiday spectacular.

Event Coordinator Mike Fultz said the All-American program is celebrating its 31st year in 2018.

“Our talented cheerleaders, dancers and drum majors really enjoy the opportunity to show their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience,” Fultz said.