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Berlin cheerleaders place sixth at nationals

(Dec. 10, 2015) The Berlin Pop Warner cheerleaders placed sixth overall during the national competition on Monday at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports.
“The girls were nervous and we missed getting trophies by a tenth of a point,” Head Coach Jessie Parsons said. “Overall it was a good experience and a lot of fun.”
The trip made the girls even more determined to return next year with plans to incorporate additional back hand springs, twist downs and stunts to their routine. In addition, a winter session of Pop Warner cheerleading will take place from January to July.
“Getting to this point was hard and we had never gotten this far before,” Parsons said.
Monday morning was long for the Berlin cheerleaders when buses picked them up from the hotel at 6:30 a.m. Some had been awake for hours getting ready for the competition.
“We had crab hats to represent Maryland with pins attached saying we were the coolest small town,” Parsons said.
Many of the girls stayed in Disney World after the competition and Disney’s Hollywood Studios shut down on Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight for Pop Warner teams to enjoy.
The 16 junior peewee cheerleaders range in age from 8-12 years old and most of the girls have been cheering together for a number of years.
The girls began training for competitions in August when they practiced four nights a week. Once school started, practices were scheduled three days a week.
In addition, the cheerleaders perform every Saturday for the Pop Warner football games.
“It’s a lot of dedication from the little girls and parents,” Parsons said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see them grow and some have never done this before. What a great group of girls.”