Star student: Cheerleading this student's 'thing'


There's not much modesty surrounding Stephanie Balderston -- and no reason for it anyway.

With one "B" earned two years ago the lowest grade on her record and with several heady accomplishments under her belt, when Balderston says, "I'm good," she's got good reason.

Balderston was one of two Colorado students invited by the Universal Cheerleading Association to perform in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The eighth-grader earned the honor by trying out this summer during a UCA-sponsored cheerleading camp.

"It was, like, I knew I was good, but I didn't know I was that good," she said.

Balderston joined the Craig Middle School cheerleading team halfway through her seventh-grade year.

"Then I decided cheerleading was my thing," she said.

The four days she spent in Houston are packed with good memories.

"It was great," she said. "I had so much fun. I met really awesome people."

Balderston sings in the school choir and plays the tuba in band.

She started -- like many other students -- with the flute.

"But there were too many flutes," she said.

So, she became the band's only tuba player.

"I love it, it's great to be the only one," she said.

And, she's good at it.

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