Mililani High School cheerleaders win national championship

By Tannya Joaquin

MILILANI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mililani High School's cheer squad has something to really cheer about following a major victory on the mainland.

This heroes' welcome was fitting for the new national cheerleading champs.

The Mililani High School Varsity and Junior Varsity teams both took first place at the American National Cheerleading competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We showed that even though we're from a small island, we can bring a bang and show that we are good," Mililani High School Cheerleader CJ Bouillon said.

"It's something that can never be replaced, always remembered," Head Coach Renesha Kerstedt said. "I'm so proud of them."

The win didn't come without some drama. One of the cheerleaders was hurt during rehearsal.

According to the team, she got injured three minutes before they went on, so they had to change the routine.

It was a nail biter, but the Trojans squeaked out the win.

"The varsity team I think they won by three-tenths of a point, just ecstatic," parent Dana Shishido-Leonillo said.

The team said when they were happy and full of energy when the announcement came down because all of their hard work had paid off.

Congratulations to the champs!

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