Deering High School sophomore Kassidy Plummer will participate in London's New Year's Day parade. Credit: Photo courtesy of Portland Public Schools

PORTLAND, Maine — The sophomore captain of Deering High School’s cheering team is likely the first cheerleader from Maine’s largest city ever picked to perform in London’s New year’s Day Parade.

Kassidy Plummer will be one of about 1,000 American high school cheerleaders performing along the parade route, where more than 300,000 onlookers are expected to gather. The annual parade is additionally broadcast over television and the internet to millions of viewers around the world.

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“In a sport where individual recognition and awards are quite rare, this experience rewards her dedication and talent and is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Alison Bromley, Deering cheering coach, in a statement released by the Portland Public Schools.

Plummer garnered the attention of the Universal Cheerleaders Association and its Varsity Spirit parent organization during a Portland Area Cheer Camp held locally in July, according to the school district.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.