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Thanksgiving Day parade to feature three Batesville students

Amber Ursin Amber Ursin
Scarlett Bentley & Hannah Grace Scarlett Bentley & Hannah Grace
Amber Ursin Amber Ursin
Scarlett Bentley & Hannah Grace Scarlett Bentley & Hannah Grace

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – In addition to turkey and dressing, the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a holiday tradition.

This year, there's a good chance that people may see some familiar faces in the crowd. Two cheerleaders and a color guard member from Batesville High School got chosen to perform in the parade, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all three.

Senior Amber Ursin joined the high school band's color guard three years ago.

"It was just a different way to interpret the music that the band did," Ursin said, "and it was more fun and they got to wear cool costumes."

Her family can usually catch her high-flying tricks under the lights at Pioneer Stadium, but next week they hope to see her on television performing live at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"I think my parents are having a viewing party for that morning," she said.

Ursin sent in an audition tape last spring, hoping to be named one of 40 color guard members chosen for the parade. In May she learned that she made it, so now she will get to take her first trip to the Big Apple.

"It's something not a lot of people get to do," Ursin said, "something I can tell my grandkids that I marched in that."

Joining her in NYC this year is two of her classmates, Scarlett Bentley and Hannah Grace.

"We get to see Broadway shows and go to the Statue of Liberty and everything," Bentley said. "[We also get to go to] the Empire State Building and the Rockettes," Grace added.

The two high school cheerleaders will perform in the parade, too, along with 500 other girls selected from cheer camps all around the country.

"We got sent a video," Grace said, "and we have to learn all the choreography before we go and we go on Saturday."

"Then," Bentley added, "we have four practices every day to go over everything."

While the girls have to master their dance before making the trip, Ursin will not learn her routine until Monday, just three days before the parade.

"That's probably going to be the biggest crowd I ever perform in front of," she said.

The students are unsure right now when their performances will be featured in the parade. To check out the lineup before the floats and performers hit the New York streets, visit the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Web site here.

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