SWHS cheerleader: Thanksgiving Day parade

Jessica Coker
Fourteen-year-old Savannah Bartleson of South Walton High School was among those cheering in Orlando at Disney World during the Thanksgiving parade.

Fourteen-year-old Savannah Bartleson cheered her way to the top of the pyramid earlier this year — straight to Walt Disney World Resorts' Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Bartleson, a varsity cheerleader from South Walton High School, was one of the 342 junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from around the nation who performed in the 2012 UCA/UDA Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

While attending the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp this summer with her team, Bartleson was chosen as an All-American, landing herself an invitation to cheer in the parade.

Cheering for about eight years, Bartleson secured her spot as an All-American based on a cheer, a dance and a jump she learned and performed in front of the entire camp.

Yearly, only a handful of select cheerleaders and dancers from UCA camps earn the coveted All-American position, with the top 12 percent landing a spot in a high-profile holiday parade.

Bartleson told The Sun that she loved performing in the Thanksgiving parade, adding that the time went by very quickly.

"I don't even remember doing the dance nine times," Bartleson said. "Cheering at Disney World was really fun and I'd like to do it again sometime if I get the chance."