BY MELANIE BUCK –
This year, the annual Disney World Christmas Extravaganza in Orlando, Florida will include Mena High School Cheerleaders, Keeley and Marley Jones. The sibling duo was selected as NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) All-American Cheerleaders this past summer, which qualified them to be a part of the festive winter celebration. Both girls are first-year cheerleaders and admit it’s more fun than they originally thought.
The pair will travel to Florida on December 4th and return home on December 7th. While on the trip, the girls will be a part of the parade and enjoy all that Disney World has to offer, including riding the rides, playing at water parks, and eating breakfast with Disney characters.
The girls lost their dad, Chris Jones, earlier this year after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He is always in their hearts as they strive to live each day to continue to make him proud. Keeley, a junior at MHS, said, “I’m honored because this is something that our Dad would have loved for us to do. I’m also pretty excited about being on TV. I hope to someday become part of the NCA staff. I’ll be able to meet some of them on the trip and hopefully someday, I’ll get to work for them. ”
A sophomore at MHS, Marley said, “I’m honored to do it. I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m really excited. I think this will help me to step outside my comfort zone and to meet new people.”
The girls also have the option to go to London to cheer in the New Year’s Day parade but are declining that trip for now.
Watch the Pulse’s Facebook page for updates and pictures of the girls’ once-in-a-lifetime trip.