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Pyle to perform in Macy’s parade
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TRINITY – While watching the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television, a familiar face from Trinity may appear on the screen. One varsity cheerleader from Trinity High School accepted the nomination by the National Cheer Association to perform during the parade on Thanksgiving Day as an estimated audience of 50 million viewers tune in to watch the festivities live on NBC, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Spectators will watch as 10,000 participants - including the nation's best marching bands, performance groups, giant helium balloons, floats and the one-and-only Santa Claus - pass before their eyes. THS Varsity Cheerleader, Amy Beth Pyle, will perform a cheer routine with other high school cheerleaders from across the United States, in front of 3.5 million live viewers in the heart of New York. Pyle is an All American nominee and in order to have the privilege to go, she required certain cheerleading skills, athletic ability, leadership, and teamwork. The daughter of Audrey O’Berry, the THS senior is the 2012 Trinity Community Fair Queen. Last month she also was selected from 100 nominees across the state to be the first recipient of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GROW (Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work) Award. The trip to New York City includes a weeklong stay at the Hilton New York, a whirlwind itinerary planned to include a Broadway play, a harbor cruise around the statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall Christmas spectacular featuring the Rockettes, ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza, and, of course, shopping at Macy’s. Spirit of America Productions sent Pyle a video of the cheer routine in which two instructors go through each step. "We are expected to know the routine before we get there." Pyle said. The cheerleaders will not wear their school cheer uniforms, but a bright red ensemble emblazoned with a large star. The large group will keep up with the pace of the parade down Seventh Avenue until it reaches a star on the pavement. That is when the group will turn to the camera and perform. Practice for the Macy’s television debut will begin immediately upon her arrival in New York and will continue every day for 2 to 4 hours a day, until the three-hour parade Thursday morning. This will not be Pyle’s first trip to New York, having gone on vacation for Spring Break with her mom and sister in 2007, but it will be her first trip without family. However, she will not be alone, she has several elementary school friends from Florida who will also be making the trip to NYC.