The WCHS competition cheerleaders competed Feb. 18-19 at the Cheersport National Competition, which is held each year at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Over 900 teams competed during the event.
The WCHS cheerleaders competed in the senior recreational level 3 division. They faced teams from New Jersey, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and New York. In an intense two-day competition, the WCHS cheerleaders pulled out a strong first-place finish during finals on Sunday. Not only did they secure a national championship, but they were also the highest scoring recreational squad in all the participating levels of the competition.
“The cheerleaders have been preparing for this national competition since November,” said Warren County cheerleading coach Stacey Elam. “These girls have been 100 percent dedicated to making this the best routine possible. The girls have learned a valuable lesson that hard work does pay off in the end. I feel these girls represented Warren County well, and I am so proud of each of these girls. These girls are more than just a team. We are a family.”
Cheerleaders Selena Glenn and Caitlin Cantrell also won another national title with their competition, squad power athletics in Atlanta, as well as winning a paid bid to Disney World to compete at the summit.
Beginning national competitions in 1997 with 32 teams, Cheersport now encompasses over 900 teams nationwide. The organization was founded by all-star coaches who loved competitive cheerleading/dance and who believed they could conduct competitions that would be better for the kids, the coaches and the spectators.
The cheerleaders, and coach Elam, would like to thank their families for their continued support. They would also like to recognize Katelyn Byars, Eden Fryar, and Power Athletics of Cookeville for their contributions.
For more information on competitions, visit www.cheersport.net.