Lubbock students to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lubbock students to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Students from Frenship, Lubbock-Cooper and Lubbock ISD will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week, one of the largest parades in the world and seen millions every year.

"I'm so excited, I can't wait. I leave Saturday morning, and we're going to spend the whole week in New York," Scout Sonnenberg, a junior at Frenship and the color guard captain, said.

Sonnenberg and another student, Laiken Turner, will both be marching for Macy's Great American Band for the 93rd parade. Sonnenberg is also the first visually impaired color guard member to perform in the band.

"We have camps where we spend 12 hour days, three days a week, three days in row, working for the show," Sonnenberg said. "We're a very dedicated program, and it shows, and it's just really good that two of us are going to be a part of this parade."

Casey Cotton and Baylee Lopez, both of Lubbock-Cooper, were also chosen to perform. They are two of the five color guard students chosen in the state. They said it is a rigorous selection process.


"We both had to submit a video showing flag basics and little bit of a routine and talk a little about ourselves, and we both heard back two months after our applications, whether we were accepted or denied, and we were both accepted," Cotton said.

It has been a tradition in Lopez's family to watch the parade each year, she said, and now, her family will see her in it.

"It's going to be amazing to actually be a part of it and getting to see it later on with my family, and it's just such a good honor," Lopez said.

The Lubbock High School Pom Squad will also be representing the city in the parade. The team will be performing along with five members of the Monterey High School pom squad.

Lubbock High squad member Lexie Najjar said it is an honor.


"This is the first time that Lubbock High Pom has ever gotten to perform in the parade, even though in the past, they've been invited, but we're actually doing it this year," Najjar said.

 

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