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Warren Energy wins national championship

A young group of cheerleaders from Warren County learned last weekend that hard work, practice and self sacrifice can earn national championships. Warren Energy, a cheerleading squad comprised of 22 girls ranging from ages 5-11, won the Athletic Championship National Competition held in Chattanooga last Saturday.
Warren Energy claimed its third straight victory in Chattanooga, but none of its wins were bigger than defeating three other squads at the Athletic Championship.
Competing against three other talented squads, including last year’s national champion Stingrays from Marietta, Ga., Warren Energy claimed the championship with a dramatic come-from-behind victory on the final day of competition.
Warren Energy found itself in second place after the first day of competition, trailing the Stingrays. To make matters worse, one of the team’s key members started to develop an illness that jeopardized her ability to compete.
Kennedi Pegg, one of the youngest team members at age 7, became very ill and had to be taken by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital after Friday night’s performances.
Pegg didn’t arrive back to the team hotel until 5 a.m. Saturday morning, where she rested until noon. Upon waking up with little pain, she decided to dress and attend her team’s last performance for moral support.
As one of the team’s designated flyers, Pegg’s absence would have been a big loss and changed the team’s final routine entirely. Watching the final warmups and knowing her team needed her, Pegg begged her mom to let her take the stage.
Her mother relented, finally letting her daughter join the team for its final two-minute performance. With Pegg flying high and the rest of the cheerleaders inspired by their teammates’ sacrifice, Warren Energy put on a nearly flawless routine that vaulted them into first place. The squad was the first team Tressie Hitchcock has led to the national title.
Warren Energy hopes to continue its run of wins in May when the team travels to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Summit World Championship. Warren Energy was the first team in its division to earn a bid to the prestigious event which will be held May 4-5.

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