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Blog From Kelsey LaCroix
My name is Kelsey LaCroix, and cheerleading has been a big part of my life for many years now. I currently cheer at ICE All-stars on Lady Lightning and have been cheering there for three years. I am a senior at St. Charles North High School, and I have recently committed to the University of Kentucky. My dream for many years now has been to be a UK cheerleader, and I am now preparing for tryouts that are closely approaching in May.
I’ve always loved tumbling and gymnastics, and at age six I started competing as a gymnast. Meanwhile, my twin sister was introduced to all-star cheer. A year later, I made the switch to competitive cheer and have never looked back. Here I am now, 10 years later, as a level 5 flyer on Lady Lightning. My team was recently previewed in the Champion’s League movie that was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and in one week I will be competing for the last time as an all-star cheerleader at the Cheerleading World Championship in Orlando, Florida. Although I am sad my all-star cheerleading career is coming to an end, I’m thankful for the amazing experiences my team and I have had together, and I can’t wait to take the floor one last time with my 19 best friends.
Being my senior year, I expected it to be a somewhat easier year, however it has been nothing but non-stop cheerleading and schoolwork. It is always a struggle to find enough hours in the day, but I make due the best I can. Whether it be studying during the hour car ride to the gym, or reviewing flashcards while stretching, I manage to get everything done. I am in the gym 12-14 hour a week preparing for Worlds and I am also juggling schoolwork, AP classes, getting ready for graduation and preparing for my upcoming college try-outs in May. Preparing for World’s and college try-outs at the same time hasn’t been easy, as Lady Lightning practices are 4x per week, including Saturdays and Sundays, and the drive down to Lexington is 6 ½ hours, but we make the drive as often as possible so that I can stunt with members of the cheerleading squad. During my last trip down, three weeks ago, I was fortunate to be a part of the party on State Street after University of Kentucky beat University of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. My next trip to Lexington is only days away over the upcoming Easter weekend to attend the UK cheerleading spring clinic. It was 6 months ago, at their fall clinic, when I received my invitation to try out for the UK Cheerleading Squad. It will be yet another crazy busy weekend with Lady Lightning practicing Saturday morning, our World’s Send-off luncheon and Showcase Saturday afternoon, and driving down to Lexington for the clinic on Sunday, but it will all be worth it. With all of the crazy schedules, traveling and schoolwork, it helps having amazing friends, family, teammates and coaches there supporting and encouraging me.
We are so proud of you Kelsey. We've been friends with your parents for years and have watched you grow into a wonderful smart young lady. Juggling accelerated classes and cheer classes just proves that hard work pays off. I know you will do great at try-outs. And I know you will do great things at Kentucky! Good luck and Congrats on all your accomplishments.almost 5 years ago