Teen from western Japan chosen as cheerleader for US high school all-star football game

Teen from western Japan chosen as cheerleader for US high school all-star football game

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TANABE, Wakayama — A high school student in western Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture has been selected as one of 14 cheerleaders for the United States high school all-star football game to be held in Hawaii on January 22.

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Ayaka Kodera, 18, a third-year student at Wakayama Prefectural Minabe High School who lives in the town of Shirahama, is the captain of Nanki Cheer Angels, the only competitive cheerleading team in the prefecture. She will be the only Japanese cheerleader for the Polynesian Bowl game.

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Kodera is excited before his big moment in the United States, the home of cheerleading, and he said, “I didn’t expect to be selected. I’m so happy and I want to do my best.” #xD;

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Nanki Cheer Angels, founded in 2011 and based in the city of Tanabe in southern Wakayama Prefecture, has 43 members — from infants to high school. They perform at local and other events. After joining the Nanki Cheer Angels in its inaugural year, Kodera has been its captain for the past five years. She has led the team to win various awards, including a major one, in cheerleading competitions held in Hawaii and online between 2018 and 2020. Her strength is her dynamic performances using her height 167-centimeter. & # xD;

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