VILONIA — Heather Strandlund, a senior at Vilonia High School, is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States who will be performing in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as an All American at one of the summer camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). All Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading skills at camps across the country. Heather qualified while attending the 2013 UCA Summer Camp in June at the University of Arkansas with the Vilonia High School Cheerleading Squad.

She is a daughter of Brian and Holley Strandlund of Vilonia. She has cheered for Vilonia since fourth grade and will graduate in 2014 from VHS. She is very excited about her trip to London and is very proud to be representing Vilonia High School and Arkansas in the 2014 London New Year’s Day Parade.

Only the top 12 percent of the cheerleaders who attend Varsity summer camps earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular. In addition to performing in the London parade, the All Americans will have the chance to tour London during their seven-day trip.

Varsity has been hosting camps since 1974. They have been leading the way by combining high-energy entertainment with traditional school leadership. Each year Varsity Brands trains more than 325,000 cheerleaders at more than 5,000 camp sessions.

"This is the 26th year we’ve been able to bring talented cheerleaders to London, where they can showcase their skills to a very enthusiastic international audience," said Mike Fultz, the Varsity International Event Coordinator.

Donations and sponsors are welcomed and appreciated. Persons who would like to donate or sponsor Heather for this trip,  contact her at 501-472-1731 or email