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West Orange High School Cheerleaders Place Third and Seventh Nationally in NHSCC Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Varsity Cheerleaders returned from a whirlwind weekend in Orlando competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) as Third Place Bronze medalists in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble Game Day and Seventh Place in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumble Division.  
"The team outscored 23 other teams to place seventh nationally," reported Head Coach Olivia Del Spina.
When the snowstorm that dumped eight to nine inches of snow and ice fell on Feb. 9, the coaches and parents scrambled to ensure the girls would make to Orlando in time for the competition. The team made to Orlando in time to prepare and compete in series of back-to-back competitions that saw them place in both the semi-finals and finals.
"The National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country," said Del Spina. 
"This event is hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and teams are required to qualify at regional events to attend the national event," she continued.
"The coaches are unbelievably proud of the girls. We went to nationals with two goals: first, to hit our routines; and second, to make it to the final round. I can proudly say we did that and more! The team hit not one but four routines at the championship- three out of the four with zero deductions, made it to the final rounds in two divisions and brought home two national trophies," Del Spina stated.
What's next for the magical Mountaineers?
"After a very successful national the next stop for the Varsity Competition Team is the NJCDCA State Championship on March 5," concluded Del Spina. 
The team routines from this weekend can be viewed here.
Cynthia Cumming