For the second-straight year, the 2008 Patterson High graduate helped her country secure gold at the 2012 International Cheer Union World Championship on April 28 in Orlando, Fla.
Jackson, who cheers on the competitive squad USA Dream Team, was chosen in January from among hundreds of competitors across the country for the national coed team.
She is the team’s only member from California.
“Being chosen to represent my country at an event this big is such a huge honor,” Jackson said. “It is extremely rewarding to know that all of my hard work and dedication have given me the tools to be selected to cheer alongside the very best this country has.”
Last month’s event brought together the largest gathering of international cheerleading groups ever assembled for competition. National teams representing more than 80 countries vied for the title.
In 2011, Jackson, who attends University of Memphis in Tennessee where she cheers on the school’s coed squad, was one of only nine recipients nationally to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship from the institution. She is studying childhood development and hopes to become a counselor.
Jackson hails the support of her hometown community for her rise to the highest level of competition in cheerleading.
She said she was particularly thankful for the support of sponsors such as Soroptomists International of Patterson and Dr. Kent Allen as well as her family and friends.
“Nothing I have done will ever compare to going out on that stage, with those bright lights shining on those three letters across my chest — U-S-A,” she said.new three-
The ICU World Championship will air at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 27 on CBS Sports Network.