By Carly Thompson / Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College spirit squads are in Daytona Beach, Florida, this week, to compete in the National Cheerleading Association and National Dance Alliance Nationals. 

Since receiving their invitation in October, the teams have been hard at work preparing their routines. The teams continued their morning practices and even practiced twice a day over spring break. 

“The mindset as a team is definitely to just go out there and give 110%,” HutchCC freshman and cheer co-captain Ajae Henderson said. “We know the competition will be tough but we want to come back home knowing that we represented HutchCC well and gave it our all.” 

Wednesday was the Blue Dragons’ first day in Florida, where they spent the majority of their time practicing. The cheer competition is held on Thursday and Friday, the dance competition is Friday and Saturday. Competitions are held at Ocean Center and the Bandshell. 

After the Dragon Dolls complete their performance, the teams will get to enjoy a stunt fest, vendors, and a competition glow celebration, including other teams from all over the U.S.

“This is such a great opportunity to compete against the best of the best as well as a great way to complete our season. We are excited about the experience and the memories,” HutchCC spirit squad coach Sami Cox said.

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