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Cheerleading Squad Claims Prestigious Title

4/9/2009 —

The Penn State Mont Alto Cheerleading Squad placed first in the Small Co-Ed Collegiate Division at the Reach-the-Beach All-Star and College Internationals held over the weekend.   More than 200 squads competed at this annual competition sponsored by the American Cheer and Dance Academy in Ocean City, Maryland. 

The Mont Alto squad also qualified to attend the U.S. Finals ‘Final Destination’ competition, an end-of-the year event aimed at crowning true champions in all divisions and levels of cheer and dance.  The U.S. Finals journey begins on the west coast and travels to the east coast over a three-week period.   The Penn State Mont Alto cheerleaders will compete in the Small Co-Ed Collegiate Division on May 1-3 in Virginia Beach, VA. 

"I'm so proud of this year's squad," says Coach Christina Yoder. "We have worked very hard to raise funds for competition by hosting cheerleading clinics for girls in the surrounding communities.  We choreograph our own routine and some of our cheerleaders joined our team with no cheering experience but are now able to execute advanced stunts and other skills at the collegiate level.” She added, “For our squad to receive a bid to U.S. Finals is a great accomplishment and we look forward to representing Penn State Mont Alto in a nationwide competition."

The announcement of the U.S. Champions and final overall rankings will be made in late May via webcast. 

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