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Patriots win second cheerleading state title

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RALEIGH — Franklin Academy’s cheerleading squad brought home another state championship after winning the 1A non-building division competition Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Patriots have been competing in the state championships for four years and have won two titles during that span. Their first championship was in 2016.

Franklin Academy won their most recent title with a score of 69.4. They beat out Pamlico County by 2.9 points.

Head coach Tracie Shingleton said the most amazing part of this state championship win was that it was done with an inexperienced squad.

“The team consists of eight freshman, five of which have never competed in cheer before,” Shingleton said. “They have worked tirelessly to perfect their routine and learn new skills. As our school is year round, this consisted of them coming in for two and four hour practices during track out when the school was closed.”

The only two seniors on the team are Jessica Andersen and Read Kessler. The squad is also guided by assistant coach Margo Hurst.

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