She will advance to Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri where she compete with other girls from all over the country for National Title and scholarships.
Recently 16-year-old O’Neill donated her hair to Lock of Love. Her grandma, who had breast cancer 14 years ago, had a stroke in November. While recovering from the stroke, it was discovered that the cancer was back. She passed away in January of this year. O’Neill was very close to her grandma and the two shared many secrets. This experience made her more aware of cancer and the effects it has on people. She had a conversation with a teen who shared that, as a child, she had cancer and lost her hair. This teenage girl said that other kids teased her. O’Neill decided that, if she donated her hair, that might help another child with cancer. She also helped with creating cancer care packages with her cheerleading team and has participated in the Strides for Stroke walk to help raise money for stroke research/care.