ORLANDO, FL - 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.
According to head coach Olivia Del Spina, the team outscored 23 other teams to place seventh nationally.
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 it to Orlando in time to prepare and compete in a series of back-to-back competitions that saw them place in both the semi-finals and finals.
According to Del Spina, the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC), which is hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. She added that teams are required to qualify at regional events to attend the national event.
"The coaches are unbelievably proud of the girls,” she said. “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.”
After a successful national, the next stop for the Varsity Competition Team is the NJCDCA State Championship on March 5.
The team routines from this weekend can be viewed here.