Fearlessness earns Carter cheerleader all-expense-paid trip to NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade


Carter High School cheerleader Erica Richardson’s natural-born ability as a daredevil has earned her an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to be a part of the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Richardson completed her first back handspring at the age of 8 by jumping up and throwing her legs behind her head. Her fearlessness and ability led her to gymnastics and, later in life, to earning the captain role on the David W. Carter High School cheerleading squad, where she is often seen tumbling along the sidelines.

“I’ve always loved trying new things, and I have no fear or hesitation about going for it,” Richardson said.

Richardson was selected at a Dallas ISD cheer camp as the top female cheerleader, earning her the trip to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her mom, Kimberly Richardson, who is principal at Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School, her brother and Carter cheer coach Lachon Jacobs will join her on the trip.

“I am thrilled for this trip to New York City, and I am so proud of Erica,” Jacobs said. “Erica has always had a star quality because she’s never been scared to set the example.”

In New York City, Richardson will practice for several hours every day, but she will also have time to attend a Broadway show, visit the One World Trade Center, and tour other parts of the Big Apple.

“I’ve been excited for this trip for months, and I can’t believe it’s almost here,” Richardson said. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to represent Dallas ISD in this parade.”

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