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Florida High ready to bring home gold at Cheerleading State Championships

Posted: 12:59 AM, Feb 01, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-01 01:11:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - This weekend, five competitive cheer squads from the Big Bend look to bring home high school State Championships. Florida High has never won a State title in competitive cheerleading, but the garnet and gold is confident they'll be coming home with gold.

"I just know that we can do it," said senior Janae Cotton. "We just have to keep pushing."

"So excited. I want it so bad!" exclaimed head coach Joanna Walker.

For the Florida High Seminoles, a State Championship is what they're after.

"People have definitely been putting in the extra work, they've been putting in the extra weightlifting sessions, they're going the gym and practicing their stunts by themselves," said senior Cassidy Bonn. "We really want to be that perfect team, the best we can. We don't want to walk off with any regrets."

For a team that's fresh off a Regional Championship, they won't accept anything less than walking away winners this weekend.

"We know what to expect. The teams that we're going against, they're really good too," said Cottom. "We just have to keep our heads low and do what we know."

"We don't need to worry about being better than the other team," added Bonn. "We have to worry about being better than ourselves. That's the only person we need to beat."

Hard work is what got them here, and they're hoping that makes all the difference this weekend.

"We have worked since spring conditioning and over the summer and into the fall," said Walker. "They want it just as bad as I do."

Florida High advanced straight to the Finals, where they will perform one time for a shot at the State title in small, non-tumbling division.