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Hart High cheerleaders compete, win in Hawaii

Athletes compete against teams from Hawaii, Alaska, California, Idaho, Canada and Australia

Posted: May 5, 2009 10:05 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Hart High School cheerleading team recently went to Hawaii to compete in the Aloha International Spirit Championship. The girls took home the first-place title as international champions in the Advanced-Large Varsity Cheer division during the competition.

 
The Hart High School cheerleading team went to Hawaii during Spring Break and spent five days on the island of Oahu.

While most people travel to Hawaii for vacation and relaxation, the girls went for one reason: to dominate the Aloha International Spirit Championships.

For two days, the girls worked to earn the first-place title of International Champions in the Advanced-Large Varsity Cheer division.

Previously, the team won the titles of state and national champions, and with the Aloha International Spirit Championships as their final competition, the girls knew defeat wasn't an option.

"We worked as hard as we could this year and our long strenuous hours at practice paid off in the long run, as we became a winning team," senior Christine Padilla said.

The competition spanned two days and included teams from Hawaii, Alaska, California, Idaho, Canada and Australia. The girls were awarded the division banner and the first-place trophy.

"It was cool seeing teams from Australia and Canada and watching them perform. The competition was very relaxed and everyone was very nice," senior Ali Lawrence said.

While preparing for the competition, the girls put in many hours at practice and remained focused on victory.

Team members worked to perfect their tumbling skills. Despite the team's complex tumbling section, the girls knew the competition would be tough.

"We knew that we had a lot of difficult competition which would somewhat discourage us and make us want to give up, but with an inspiring talk from one of the girls, we would always have our eyes focused back on the prize," senior Rachel Abernathy said.

In addition to the hours spent practicing, the girls also spent many hours fundraising to go to Hawaii.

They organized and participated in several fundraisers including a car wash, a recycling program, and, during the high school football season, they raffled cruise tickets.

With just their recycling program alone, the girls raised more than $430.

Overall, the girls had a memorable season. With everything from winning National and International Championships to fundraising and participating in community events, the Hart High cheerleaders demonstrate their school pride and spirit.

Noelle Chadbourne is a senior at Hart High School and a varsity cheerleader.

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