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Fifth-graders from Warren Township Cheer & Pom win state title

These smiling faces belong members Warren Township Cheer   Poms fifth-grade poms squad which wstate title its division. |

These smiling faces belong to members of the Warren Township Cheer & Poms fifth-grade poms squad, which won a state title in its division. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Coaches: Cristina Cram & Laurie Harrison

Jr. Coaches: Allie Leafblad & Annica Bautista


Lanie Bacon

Taylin Bridges

Isabella Cram

Meghan Fox

Gabbie Getchius

Nikki Harrison

Maggie Lewis

Rachel McCulloch

Natalie Musick

Aja Myers

Olivia Newcomb

Morgan Peterson

Angelina Smith

Shannon Thorton

Raquel Tubek

Maya Villegas

Updated: February 9, 2013 2:08AM

As things turned out, the big stage at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates wasn’t too big for these fifth-grade dynamos.

In fact, it was just right.

Bringing their “A” game to the stage at exactly the right moment, the Warren Township Cheer & Pom program’s Junior Pom Squad (fifth-graders) won its level of competition at the Illinois Recreation Cheerleading Association-sanctioned state meet that was held recently.

Warren Township Cheer & Poms is a competitive program, but it also cheers on weekends for the Warren Blue Demons youth football program.

The season starts with practices in the summer and just wrapped up.

Head coach of the Junior Poms group was Laurie Harrison, and working with her was Cristina Cram.

Harrison called the girls’ accomplishment “amazing.”

“They worked so hard since the end of July and won first place in all four of our competitions,” she said.

To qualify for state, the Warren girls had to earn a qualifying score during one of its three regular-season meet.

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