TOP HONORS — Cheerleaders from the Smoky Mountain Competition Cheer Program pose with their first place banners after competing at a cheer competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Five different teams from the Smoky Mountain Competition Cheer Program won first at the event.

The Smoky Mountain Competition Cheer Program recently competed on Dec. 18 at The Festival, a cheer competition hosted by Spirit Brands in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

All five teams received first place for their respective division. In addition, the Purple Amethysts, the Sparkling Gems and the Dazzling Diamonds received zero deductions for their performances.

The Senior Sapphires team won Grand Champions for the Recreation Cheer Division and had the highest score of the entire competition.

The program received an invitation to compete at the North American Spirit Open Competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in April.

The program consists of male and female children, ages 4-18, from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Haywood and Buncombe Counties in NC and Rabun County, Georgia.

The program will continue to compete through April with tryouts at the end of the season. For more information call (828) 506-1419 or (828) 226-9943.

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