HOLMDEL, N.J. - It was a very exciting day in Trenton for the cheerleaders, the coaches and the parents as Holmdel Hornets Cheer won the Big East Cheer Championship in Trenton  They now go on to Florida finals. The winners were Division 10 ages 7 through 10 and Division 14 ages 11 through 14.

According to American Youth Cheer (AYC), there is a certain path to the National Championships.

Each year, over 200 Cheer, Dance and Step squads, across all AYC divisions, compete for a National Championship Title in Kissimmee, Florida, home to Universal Studios Orlando, Islands Of Adventure and Disney world. 

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To Qualify, AYC has eight regions including Desert Pacific, Mountain Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Big East, Atlantic, New England, and Southeast. Each region hosts a regional tournament, which is the qualifier for the National Championships. The top 3 teams in each division will win a bid to compete for a national championship.

Regional championships occur in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend.