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The Denison Stingerettes are looking forward to their performance at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (KTEN) The Denison Stingerettes are looking forward to their performance at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (KTEN)
The Denison Stingerettes will perform at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (KTEN) The Denison Stingerettes will perform at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Some Denison students are making plans to perform in the Big Apple.

The Denison High School Stingerettes have been selected to march in the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"It's becoming more of a reality rather than something we just spoke about the last year or two," said director Christi Mitchell.

"It's amazing," Stingerette performer Addi Acosta said. "It's one of those things that when you were little you watched it on TV and you were like, 'Oh that's super cool!' Now we actually get to be a part of it, in the middle of the parade, and it's just an amazing feeling."

After sending in an audition tape, the squad made the cut.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I just look forward to getting to spend this amazing trip with my friends and getting to perform, because it'll never happen again in my life,"  Jacque Matthews said.

Now, the Stingerettes are organizing a series of events to raise the funds needed so they can dance their way down 34th Street.

"Junior clinic for the little kids, which is coming up on October 8th, and we also do Swarming with the Yellow Jackets," Mitchell explained. "That's where we put Yellow Jackets in someone's yard, it's a surprise. And the other thing we have a fairy tale character breakfast."

The trip next fall will be seven days long and will cost about $3,000 per student.

"They will go to a Broadway show, they get to see the Rockettes perform, so there's going to be a lot of neat experiences that they wouldn't otherwise have," Mitchell said.

The squad will consist of about 25 girls, a number that's not solid until tryouts in December. But the community is already stepping up to make sure these young ladies can travel to New York.

"Everyone's jumping in -- former Stingerettes, community members, former Denison High School students, and so it's really neat to see that," Mitchell said.

For a complete list of upcoming fundraisers, check out the DHS Stingerette Buzz Facebook page.