LHS cheerleaders enjoy London’s New Year Day parade

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Photo by Jet Snelling Photography From the left are Abigail Peterson, Marcus Simpson and Avery Carlson who represented Laurel in the London New Year’s Day parade.

Three Laurel High School cheerleaders raised money through fundraising beginning at the start of the school year to make the trip of a lifetime. They were selected to visit London and participate in the New Year’s Day Parade. Marcus Simpson is a junior and Abigail Peterson and Avery Carlson are both sophomores.
Peterson and Carlson raised a majority of their money from an idea they got from Pinterest. Starting on the first day of school they started flocking houses. They first purchased 50 pink plastic flamingos. Ed Norman, LHS principal was their first victim when the girls started to go out at night leaving a pink flamingo in a person’s yard with a note. The note would tell the victim that they had been flocked and if a ransom was donated to help fund their trip, they (Abigail and Avery) would flock friends and family of the victim’s choosing. It worked wonderfully and many Laurel residents woke up to find their yard covered in pink flamingos.
During their trip to London both girls traveled together and saw the sights.
“It was the best experience of my life,” said Abigail Peterson.
They went to see every tourist attraction they could in their time off. They saw Big Ben, castles of queens, dungeons, towers and torture chambers. They got to talk to people from all over Europe and even got to see a British-accented production of the Broadway smash hit ‘Wicked.’
“There’s so many more details once you get there,” said Peterson,“that any pictures you see just cannot capture.”
Abigail is still excited from the trip as she just landed back on American soil a few night ago and still remembers all the London splendor of a journey worth every flamingo.

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