One thing is sure, the Coral Springs Charter School cheerleading squad didn’t mind putting in the extra effort this year.

At the national competition last weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, the Panthers finished ninth out of 36 teams for their Gameday Division effort and 11th in their competition routine.

“We are impressed with how far they have come as athletes and people over the course of this season,” said Coral Springs Charter School cheer coach Rachal Garris. “Our athletes took on the challenge of competing five times over the course of 15 hours on Friday. They gave 100 percent and represented themselves and their school at a high level with every performance.”

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The performance at nationals came one week after placing fourth at the state competition in the small, non-tumbling division.

“Their hard work and determination helped them become BCAA and Regional Champions as well as fourth in the State and top 10 in the nation,” Garris said. “Most importantly they grew at athletes, teammates, and people while learning lessons that will transcend their time as cheerleaders and stick with them into adulthood.”