Lynn English junior Kasheyla Womack is a two-time All-American cheerleader who has been invited to perform at the 2013 New Year’s Day Parade in London.
Family and friends are hosting a fundraiser Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus in Lynn to help Womack defray the cost (approximately $3,000), of the trip.
Womack earned her All-American status at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Camp held at Emmanuel College.
“I think it’s awesome that she’s an All-American and has the opportunity to represent our school and our city,” said Lynn English coach Christine Galvez. “We encouraged her to try out at UCA Camp every year – she did it and she made it and we’re trying to make her dreams come true.”
Galvez said Womack has outstanding cheerleading skills and would be the first Lynn English cheerleader to perform as an All-American.
“Kasheyla is very versatile,” said Galvez. “She can do gymnastics. She can be a base. She can fly. She does everything on the team.”
At UCA Camp, Womack had to perform a jump, a cheer, and a dance in a competition with other cheerleaders. Following her performance, the UCA staff selected her as an All-American at the camp.
“I’m excited about going to London – it’s a new experience,” said Womack. “This would be my first time being in another country.”
Womack, 16, began her cheerleading career in the West Lynn Pop Warner Rams program. After her family moved, she switched over to the East Lynn Pop Warner program. In addition to her cheerleading at English, Womack cheers for the North Shore Cheer Xplosion All-Star squad based in Wakefield. She also coaches a team at North Shore XPlosion.
Kasheyla’s mother, Lynne Dennis, has been busy planning the fundraiser with the assistance of local residents, including former City Council candidate Clay Walsh. She would be accompanying her daughter on the trip.
“I’m more than proud of my daughter,” said Dennis. “This is the second year in a row that she has won this award. It’s very exciting. The trip to London would be a great experience for her.”
Dennis lauded Galvez for her leadership of the squad.
“She’s an awesome coach and definitely a good mentor to her and all the girls,” said Dennis.
An honor roll student, Womack is hoping to continue her cheerleading career in college, possibly at the University of Southern Florida, which has a Division 1 cheerleading program.
Dennis said guests at the fundraiser will enjoy a pasta dinner, dessert, and musical entertainment. There will also be several raffle prizes and a 50-50 cash drawing.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.