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The West Fargo varsity cheer team poses after taking first place and receiving the overall Grand Champion award during the Valentine's Classic Cheer Competition on Jan. 30, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The West Fargo High School varsity cheer team is on a roll.

It took home first-place honors in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling division during the UCA Spirit of America Competition on Jan. 22. Then, the Packers went to the Valentine's Classic Cheer Competition in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 30, where it took first place and received the overall Grand Champion award, giving the team a banner and squad jackets.

The UCA Spirit of America Competition was held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Varsity cheer members include: Alicia Bates, Gabbie Chase, Amber Cox, Missy Harms, Chelsea Hermanson, Taylor Hintgen, Tuyen Huynh, Danielle Kartes, Morgan Laite, Renae Lisk, Raeya Mickelson, Kayleigh Omang, Brenna Raab, Cheyenne Rust, and McKenzie Schiele. They are coached by Jenni Stewart.

The varsity team will now prepare for the upcoming UPA Nationals in Minneapolis, at the end of February.

The West Fargo junior varsity cheer team took home third place in the Small JV division at the Mall of America, and also placed first at the Valentine's Classic.

Team members include: Gina Anderson, Kelsey Husler, Harly Johnson, Mallory Kuehl, Alyssa Manning, Shelby Pearson, Emily Perala, Tanya Ridder, and Maren Thompson. They are coached by Cassie Voltzke.

The cheer teams will be a part of the opening credits of America's Got Talent this June, as Nick Cannon did his opening in front of them and other cheer teams.

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