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Franciscan School Student participated in 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Carson Carnahan, an eighth grader at The Franciscan School, was one of 200 athletes from across the country performing jump rope tricks and skills as a featured act in the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Carson and her sister, Parker Carnahan, are members of the local Central Spinners jump rope squad. Central Spinners coach Nancy Evans, the mother of Carson and Parker, is athletics director and a 6th grade social studies teacher at The Franciscan School.

Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group of jumpers performed under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). The team arrived in New York on Nov. 26 to practice, and performed tricks and skills in unison in performances along the parade route.

The athletes jumped the entire 2.5-mile course in front of a crowd that was expected to number around 3.5 million, with another 50 million expected to tune in on national television. After arriving at Herald Square, the jump ropers were featured in a live, one-minute segment broadcast on NBC. Their choreographed TV routine is built around a group of 72 athletes performing a complex, interconnected matrix of tricks.

Athletes invited from jump rope teams around the country to join the ensemble paid their own way to New York. The group included many athletes who have earned recognition as national and international jump rope champions.

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