Gayler said she wants to try out for the UCA teams throughout high school. Sophomores and older get the chance to perform in London, which she’s looking forward to.
In Philadelphia, the entire Gayler family made a vacation out of the trip. Cheering her on were parents, Jeff and Hillary Gayler; older sister, MaKenzie, also a cheerleader at Oakwood High; and younger brother, Gage, a student at Oakwood Grade School.
Other family members also have joined the trips at times, including her grandparents, Lesley Chilcote of Covington, Ind., Gary and Judy Gayler of Covington and Rick and Connie Knight of Sidney.
“It was a great experience,” said Chilcote, who was the chaperone all three years. The family took sightseeing tours, and enjoyed the city.
Chilcote said she’s proud of her grandchildren, and so was her late husband, Gary Chilcote.
“All of my grandkids are awesome,” she said.
Referring to MaKayla and MaKenzie, she said, “The sky’s limit of both those girls.”
Besides cheerleading, MaKayla is involved in basketball, volleyball, softball and track, and is a high-honors student.