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Wildcats compete in nationals


Back Row: Coach Wendi Slone, Coach Phoenix Slone, Jaia Smith, Mary Armstrong, Erin Kelley, Addie Williams, Ava Miller, Kylie Hitchcox, Coach Jennifer Davis-Kelley. Middle Row: Hope Garner, Maddie Kelley, Gia Tyler, Hayden Michaelson, Kate Grandstaff, Chloe Meisner, Emma Hicks. Bottom Row: Kassidy Hofmann, Ava Tucker, Kaylee Cook, Autumn Ray, Ansley Tucker.

The West Wilson Area Wildcats took the mat on Feb. 10, 2018, at the National High School Cheerleading Championship finals in the Senior Club Division in Orlando, Fla., and walked off with the title of 4th place in the nation and a bid to compete in the 2019 World School Competition in Orlando.

Their routine also earned them the top placement out of the squads from Tennessee. The squad is coached by Wendi Slone, 5th grade teacher at Coles Ferry Elementary, Jennifer Davis-Kelley,5th grade teacher at Rutland Elementary School, and Phoenix Slone, Wilson Central graduate and Biology major/Chemistry minor at Belmont University.

The squad consists of students from West Wilson Middle School and Rutland Elementary. The team competed in two competitions in late 2017 (North Alabama Regionals and the Tennessee Extreme Regionals), earning the 2nd place title both times as well as earning an NHCSS Nationals Bid to compete for the National Championship in Orlando February 2018.

The girls and coaches were proud to represent Wilson County and Tennessee in the National Championship.

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