Although the Super Bowl is the grand finale of the football season, this year's Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a definite highlight for Lawrence High School junior Britny Fix.
Fix, a varsity cheerleader at LHS, performed at the event on Christmas Day as part of the National Cheerleader Assn.'s All-American cheerleading team. Fix was selected as an All-American cheerleader at an NCA-sponsored camp last summer.
The cheerleaders' week in Hawaii included practices, clinics, an Aloha Bowl banquet with the Stanford and Georgia Tech teams, participation in the Aloha Bowl parade and halftime show, and leading cheers at the game.
Unfortunately, Fix sprained both ankles during a warm-up session before leaving for Hawaii. Although Fix couldn't perform on the field during the Aloha Bowl, she still was able to do her part.
"I got to cheer on the sidelines during the game, so that was fun," she said.
Fix said she began cheerleading back in third grade when she would attend her older brother's little league football games. She also was a cheerleader at Central Junior High School, and now she's in her second year of cheerleading at LHS.
Fix said the Aloha Bowl experience strengthened her resolve to achieve one of her goals.
"I thought for a long time that I might want to be a college cheerleader, and now I know I want to be one, hopefully for KU," she said.
Fix said she also is involved in dance and may decide to major in that area at KU.