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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Bringing home a national award is cause for celebration for any team, squad or group.
But for Vanessa Bills and the Whitley County Dazzlers, winning a cheerleading national title is somewhat shocking.
â€śI didnâ€™t even realize we would be competing like that,â€ť said Bills who is the Dazzlerâ€™s coach.
The special needs cheerleading squad is open to any age and gender in Whitley County who has a disability.
Last week, the squad took its first cross-country trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to compete in Cheer Ltd.â€™s national competition.
â€śI was worried at first when we got down there and found out we would be competing. Up until now, weâ€™ve only performed in exhibition,â€ť Bills said. â€śBut as the event coordinators put it, these girls like to get awards too. They work hard and practice hard. Why shouldnâ€™t they get a chance to earn a trophy?â€ť
Not only did the squad earn a trophy, but each individual cheerleader took home three medals.
â€śI think some of the girls are still wearing their medals,â€ť said Bills. â€śIt meant so much to them. The whole time we were there, they were catered to. They felt like stars.â€ť
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