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Huron teen heads to N.Y. for Macy's parade

Andy Ouriel • Nov 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The Huron High School senior has sacrificed countless afternoons and Friday nights to root on various Tiger teams.

Despite watching some abominable squads play in frigid weather, Koschutnik, 17, continually flipped, twirled and screamed to keep fans and players pumped up throughout the games.

Koschutnik has also provided spirit to children enrolled at youth cheerleading camps, as well as playing games with military heroes at the Ohio Veterans Home and entertaining seniors at Admiral's Point Nursing Home — all while attending school.

But finally, the time has come to cheer for Koschutnik.

The Huron High cheerleader earned a trip to New York City, where she'll participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Koschutnik won a regional cheerleading competition in June at Bowling Green, after performing a standout dance, cheer and jump that impressed judges affiliated with Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Since then, she repeatedly practiced a hip hop-based dance sequence, which she'll perform live on national television Thursday morning. Her route coincides with the same pathway famous floats, such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Pillsbury Doughboy, glide through.

And, of course, she's building anticipation for Santa's inevitable arrival via sleigh to officially kick off Christmas.

"We, of course, are very proud of her and what she has accomplished," said Koschutnik's mother, Betsey Luipold. "Whatever she sets her mind to, she can accomplish."

Koschutnik arrived in the Big Apple Saturday to sightsee with other cheerleaders.

Among the scheduled activities she's experiencing for the first time: a Rockettes show and tours exposing historic monuments, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

"I feel honored that I get to have this opportunity," Koschutnik said.

It's her first visit to New York City.

"I'll never forget it," she said.

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