EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The South Effingham Middle School cheerleading team is the best in the state, and they now have the ring to prove it!
They had a special ceremony Tuesday to commemorate their big accomplishment.
"We did our very best and we came out on top," said Lisa Grassi, Competition Cheerleading Coach, South Effingham Middle School. "I think it just gives them something to remember the season by, and remember how special it was; something they can look back on as they grow up and think about the great time that they had, and how all their hard work really paid off."
The girls had an undefeated season.
"We went to competitions where we won by at least 60 points, and that's, like, a really big deal," said cheerleader, Caroline Dasher.
They won their fifth straight regional championship, and then went on to win state.
"In 20 years, we've never had any competition or any sport win state, and so this is a great chance for us to show how well our girls can do," said Principal Brigid Nesmith.
This wasn't just their first state title, it was the first state cheering competition ever for Georgia middle schools.
"It just makes us all feel like we're leaving a legacy through the school," said Dasher.
School leaders say these girls don't just excel on the mat.
"They're great in the classroom, they're great role models for all the other girls at our school, and other middle schools across Georgia," said Principal Nesmith.
"I'm just so proud of each and every one of them, and look forward to seeing what they do in their futures," said Coach Grassi.
The girls have been practicing all summer, getting ready for the upcoming season, where they hope to defend their title.