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Hart cheer takes first

Team looking ahead to national competition

Posted: March 24, 2009 6:48 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Hart High School varsity cheerleading competition squad celebrates their first place and grand champions at the Spirit Club International: California Cheer & Dance State Championship at Universal Studios.

On Saturday, March 7, the Hart High School varsity cheerleading squad took first place and grand champions in the Spirit Club International: California Cheer & Dance State Championship at Universal Studios.

Competing against two other teams, Hart pride showed through and inspired the team to victory.

Not only did Hart receive first place in the Advanced Varsity Show Cheer division, but as grand champions they were named the best of 57 teams competing. They also outscored the cheerleading team from El Dorado, who they lost to Jan. 25 in the Cheer Pros State Championship at the Long Beach Pyramid.

El Dorado was the first team to beat the Hart varsity squad in over a year when they defeated the Indians at the Long Beach Pyramid.

But the girls pulled together and dominated El Dorado in the rematch, showing constant determination and talent. Becoming grand champions is not a small feat, the girls worked many hours at practice to prepare for the competition.

"It felt awesome. I felt really accomplished after because we worked so hard the week before. They (El Dorado) had better tumbling, and we knew we couldn't beat them (at that) so we worked harder on our stunts, jumps and sharpness," said senior Cassandra Sarmiento.

"At practice, we were all excited and pumped up because we wanted to beat the other teams, so when we did our routine at practice we paid attention to details and really thought about the critiques," said senior Ali Lawrence.

As the girls look forward to their final competitions, the squad continues to work hard and prepare for success on both the national and international levels.

"I anticipate seeing teams from other countries compete; it will be a rewarding experience and an honor to compete internationally," said junior Janelle Bongiovanni.

The varsity team has only one more competition before their final competition, which is the Aloha International Spirit Championship in Hawaii.

The team's second-to-last national competition takes place in late March at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Last year, the girls took first in this two-day competition and are hoping to maintain their previous title.

Overall, the girls have a great opportunity and will have a memorable competition season.

"I look forward to bonding with my team in paradise and winning," said junior Becca Talkin.

Noelle Chadbourne is a varsity cheerleader at Hart High School.



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