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Greenville names Olympic medalist grand marshal of Poinsettia Christmas Parade

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Sandi Morris, a Greenville native and Olympic medalist, will serve as grand marshal for the 2016 Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade, city officials announced Tuesday.

Morris will lead more than 75 entrants in the annual parade along Main Street on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

The one-mile parade route will stretch from Augusta Street to North Street on Main Street. It will feature musical marching groups, floats, and Santa Claus. The parade is free to attend.

 “I am very honored and excited that I will be able to make it home to take part in such a wonderful event,” Morris stated in a news release.

The city released the following biographical info about Morris:

Morris is a graduate of Greenville High School where she was a record-setting pole vaulter and all-state volleyball player. After two years competing in track and field at the University of North Carolina she transferred to the University of Arkansas, where, in addition to taking home a NCAA Indoor National Championship and four All-American honors, she set University of Arkansas records for both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2015, Morris competed on two World Championships teams, won a silver medal at the 2016 Indoor World Championships and made the US Olympic team. She made her Olympic debut in Rio this summer, where she won a silver medal in women’s pole vault. 

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