Like all of us, Victoria Beraja has plans to enjoy the coming of 2017 by celebrating the arrival of the New Year with friends. The big difference is that she hopes to be doing it in London, England.
Victoria, a sophomore at Cedar High School, is one of about 650 cheerleaders from across the United States chosen to represent the country at London’s famous New Year’s Day Parade. If her current fundraising efforts are successful to pay for the trip, she’ll be flying across the pond on Dec. 26 for a week-long English adventure.
It started when Victoria and her teammates from the Cedar High cheerleaders competed in Logan at a camp earlier this year. The Varsity Spirit program judged cheerleaders at over 5,000 summer camps and narrowed their list down to their All-American team. Victoria and fellow Cedar cheerleader Sadie Langston, also a sophomore, were the only two invited to be part of the London trip. Victoria said Sadie isn’t going, but if Victoria’s mother Lisa Cox has anything to say about it, her daughter will be.
“She was awarded a pink ribbon for being most spirited,” Cox said. “She’s really looking forward to meeting other All-American girls and performing in such a big stage, as well as seeing London’s sights.”
Victoria said meeting other girls, as well as the trip itself, has her very excited. She was “so happy to get the pink ribbon and be named All-American. I’ve love cheerleading since I was a little girl, and this is a dream come true for me.”
The cost is extensive—about $3,350 for flight, hotels, food, etc. Lisa has been actively recruiting sponsors to help with those costs—sending out letters and thank you cards to local businesses and individuals who are helping with donations. Victoria is known as the “flyer,” the one who climbs to the top of formations when cheerleaders do routines. She said the theme of this year’s London parade is “Lights, Cameras, Action,” as it will pay homage to the wonders of film and television.
“This is the 30th year we’ve been able to bring these talented cheerleaders and dancers to London, where they can showcase their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience, and explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city,” said Mike Fultz, International Event Coordinator for Varsity Spirit.
Readers of Iron County Today can help Victoria meet her goal. Sponsorships or donations are welcome by contacting Lisa Cox at 702-592-8841. Iron County Today will keep you posted on the status of Victoria’s fundraising efforts.