Photo courtesy Varsity Spirit Fashion
SHE’S GOT SPIRIT—Junior Sierra Nelson in one of several spreads she appears in in the glossy, 236-page “Varsity” catalog 2017.
School spirit leads to modeling gig...
By Lauren Zimbeck
Junior Sierra Nelson appears in recent ‘Varsity’ spirit catalog
Junior Sierra Nelson was selected for a modeling opportunity with Varsity Spirit Wear this past fall.
Varsity, based in Memphis, Tenn., is the nation’s largest retailer of uniforms for high school and college cheer teams. Every year Varsity starts brainstorming new gear for their annual catalog, and along with the uniforms models are also needed.
A nation-wide application was opened up to any and all dancers and cheerleaders last year. Nelson thought it would be a great opportunity.
“I thought it sounded like fun, so I completed the application on their website last summer,” Nelson said.
Nelson has been dancing since the age of 3 at Champion Legacy. Nelson is thankful for her coach and the experiences she gets to partake in.
“Dancing for (WHS dance coach Angela) Neiman has helped me prepare for opportunities like these,” she said. “I am lucky to have a coach that pushes us and gives us the opportunities for things like this.”
In October, Varsity flew down all the selected models to Dallas, Texas, for three days of catalog shoots. In December Nelson was also asked to participate in the Varsity Spirit Fashion Show in Florida.
“Preparing for the fashion show was a fun experience,” Nelson enthused.
The show was streamed online for the whole nation to see, and many members of Nelson’s team tuned in to watch.
“My team was really excited for me when they found out and have been supporting me through the whole experience,” she said.
Nelson was able to connect with other dancers and cheerleaders at the catalog and fashion shoot.
“I met great girls from high schools across the country and had such a fun time getting to know them,” Nelson said.
Overall, Nelson said she is proud to have the chance to represent her school.
“It was fun to represent WHS and South Dakota tat the photo shoot in Dallas adn the live runway fashion show in Florida this past December," she said. "I met great girls from high schools across the country and had such a fun experience."
Nelson plans to continue her dance career throughout high school and hopefully join a college dance team.