The Abraham Lincoln High School Varsity Cheerleaders won second place in their division at the National Cheerleaders Association’s Senior and Junior High School National Championship last weekend in Dallas.

The team was first runner-up in the Large Co-ed Advanced Division, trailing only Owasso, Oklahoma, which placed second last year, according to co-coach Nikki McIntosh.

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On its first trip to nationals, the squad battled nerves on the first day of the two-day competition but improved its rank with its amped-up Sunday performance, which counted for 75 percent of its final score, McIntosh said. The group won a second-place trophy, and each team member received a Silver Medal.

The team, made up of 12 girls and 12 boys, also won a specialty award for Co-ed Excellence, she said, for which it received a banner. It was the only team with an equal number of boys and girls.

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