EDISON — Three Wardlaw-Hartridge seniors made history by becoming the first boys from the Edison school to be named All-America cheerleaders. Nick Davis of Union, Cory Harrell of South Plainfield and Billy Nolan of Colonia took their acrobatic talents and school spirit overseas during the holiday break and performed in the New Year’s Eve Parade in London.
“The London trip was an unreal experience,” Nolan said. “Aside from being able to be a part of a cheerleading squad consisting of members from across the nation, being able to explore London’s vibrant history and culture in the down time we had was just awesome. We were able to meet new people and really got to experience what life is like in London, while at the same time do something that we all enjoy. If I got the chance, I’d easily do it all over.”
“It was great, indescribable,” Davis added. “Everything we wanted to do in London, we did. We saw so much, got to do a lot of things and were able to hang out with great people.”
The Wardlaw-Hartridge trio was among 1,200 cheerleaders, but only 20 boys, who qualified as All-Americans for the trip. They earned this honor after the pre-season cheer camp in Pine Forest, Pa. last August.
“They are the first boys to represent Wardlaw-Hartridge with this high honor and we are so proud of them,” said Wardlaw-Hartridge head cheerleading coach Tanda Tucker of Bernardville. “Seeing how much they improved (at the camp), we encouraged them to go for it. They were rewarded with a medallion and the chance to take part in a special trip.”