ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School cheerleaders placed ninth in the nation last weekend at a prestigious competition in Florida

The team competed in the United Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championships which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney Worlds.

For the first time in nine years, rallying from preliminaries to semis to national finalists, the Roxbury athletes emerged as finalists in the Super Varsity Game Day Competition. Roxbury was the only New Jersey team in its division to reach that far.

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The team was under the direction of Roxbur y High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason and coached by Wendy Schneider, Gail LaCosta and Erin Cautero.

The girls performed three times in one day with two of those routines hitting zero deductions by the judges.

Members of the team, which is composed of girls from all grades at Roxbury High School, are Gabby Agudelo, Willow Bradley, Allyson Calanni, Ariana Carlucci, Gizelle Castaneda, Kailey Cowan, Riley Gallagher, Chanel Hairston-Jackson, Sarah Hills (a captain), Adriana Hrelja, Lindsey Kaiser (a captain), Melina Maldonado, Angelina Marasco, Deanna Maugeri (a captain), Lizzie McDonald (a captain), Sydney Mellody, Dana Mendelsohn, Kaity Profaca, Gianna Rosario, Alexandra Schulz, Azaria Wall, Kayla Webb and Lindsey Yau.

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