How did you ring in the New Year? Joanna Cornelius -- KTVA's Scholar-Athlete of the Week -- and her teammates did it by performing in front of 65,000 people.

She and the Soldotna Stars cheer squad were part of the pregame entertainment at the Citrus Bowl, which featured Notre Dame and Louisiana State University.

"I moved here three years ago and I never heard of anything this big before," Cornelius said. 

In addition to her athletic achievements, the junior sports a 3.4 GPA.

"It's very important for my future, not only right now, but my future." she said. 

She led the Stars to Orlando, but had options. They actually could have jetted to London and performed in the New Year's Day parade there. But the entire group would not have been able to join.  

"It's nothing against London, but I think it would be more fun with the whole team," she said.

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