Local cheerleaders to perform in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Jourdanton cheerleaders Cali Hindes & Madison Garvin

Jourdanton cheerleaders Cali Hindes & Madison Garvin

Cali Hindes, Madison Garvin and Stephanie Ramos are among the more than 600 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the Varsity Spirit Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event takes place from Dec. 4-8.

Madison is the daughter of Freddy and Veronica Garvin. Cali is the daughter of Clint and Christy Hindes. Stephanie is the daughter of Jesse and Amanda Ramos.

Cali and Madison, both 16, are Jourdanton High School cheerleaders. Madison is a sophomore while Cali is a junior. Stephanie, 17, is the Charlotte High School Cheer Captain and a senior.

The individuals invited to perform are part of a select group of cheerleaders and dancers chosen as All-Americans during Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country. All-Americans are selected via tryout based on either superior cheerleading or dance skills at camps operated by Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association or other organizations. Only the top 10% of the cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps earn the chance to march in a holiday parade of this caliber.

Charlotte cheerleader Stephanie Ramos COURTESY PHOTOS

Charlotte cheerleader Stephanie Ramos COURTESY PHOTOS

The trio of Atascosa County cheerleaders attended camp earlier this year during the summer. The first day of camp was also Stephanie’s birthday.

“You do the dance that you learned at camp, along with a cheer and the best jump that you can do,” said Cali. “Then they score you and based on your score, you get invited to this event.”

All three learned on the last day of cheer camp that they were chosen for the honor of performing in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. They were excited about being selected All-American Cheerleaders.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent my school and cheer with other amazing girls across the country,” said Stephanie.

Madison has been in competitive cheer since elementary school and has cheered in school since seventh grade. Cali has been in competitive cheer since she was a baby and has also cheered at school since seventh grade. Stephanie has cheered at school since eighth grade and began competitive cheer at age 4.



During the trip, Stephanie will be joined by her mother, Cali will be joined by her mother and grandmother and Madison will be joined by her parents.

What do they enjoy about the world of cheerleading?

“I like being a part of the whole town and cheering on my friends and some of my family members that are out playing,” said Cali.

She remembers being a young girl and looking up to the older girls. She likes knowing that they look up to her.

Madison enjoys being able to look in the stands and seeing her family and the community there.

“Everybody is supporting the boys together and also meeting new people,” said Madison. “Whenever you go to other schools at the away-games, you get to meet the other cheerleaders. It’s really fun and you kind of get to grow up with them.”

“What I love most about cheer is getting that adrenaline right before you preform and the roaring crowds,” said Stephanie. “Cheerleading really brings out a different side of me that others don’t see. High school/competitive cheer has taught me several life lessons. I have no idea what I would do without cheerleading.”

Cali shared that when you’re a cheerleader, it is key to be happy even when you’re having a bad day.

“Everyone is looking at you for that energy and it’s really hard trying to stay positive, even when times aren’t. So I feel like that is probably the hardest part about it,” said Cali.

Madison added that in cheering, there is a lot you need to know and you have to know what you’re doing.

The girls will perform with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in an exclusive performance prior to the opening ceremony of the parade and then be a part of the parade before thousands of fans lining the streets of Waikiki Beach. This trip marks the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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