CHICO, Calif. -- A Chico High cheerleader is back on campus after performing in London's New Year's Day parade.
Alec Celik was one of 800 cheerleaders from the United States to be invited to perform in London. He was also the only cheerleader from Butte County. But, how he got this far is even more impressive.
The junior started cheering his sophomore year at Chico High.
"I had no idea what I was going to be doing because I had never done cheer a day in my life," said Celik. "We had to learn two sideline cheers and we had to do a jump which I have never done before, so they were terrible."
They obviously weren't that terrible, because Alec was the only boy to make the Panther's 2018 varsity cheer team. \
"I feel like cheer has really helped me out a lot," said Celik. "It's also just a very fun outlet, too. Like if I have something going on at home or other things, it's just a really nice way to leave it at the door and just focus on [cheer]."
Now in his second season, Alec strives to be the best in his sport.
"When you're learning a dance or a part of a routine, you want to show that you're working hard and that's always something that I always try to do; that way, like when your coach sees you working hard they put you front and center," said Celik.
Alec was named varsity All-American by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. That's when he got invited to cheer in London's New Year's Day parade.
"It was like so fullfilling just to see everybody's reactions," said Celik. "It was very different, too, because we would do a performance and then we would sprint to the next place. It was really tiring, but it was really fun, like we just ran all across the streets of London."
Alec says they performed nine times that day. He also says he plans to tryout for the captain spot next season at Chico High.
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