FRANKLIN - In a national competition against top high school teams from California, Washington, Florida, New York, and Utah, a high school dance team from Franklin proved itself the best.
The Franklin Poms won the national championship title for their pom routine at the Contest of Champions held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World on March 3-5.
Franklin High School's dance team earned the highest score of all the pom routines.
"The girls worked extremely hard in preparation for nationals," said team coach Sarah Heinevetter. "It was a terrific way to end such a successful season especially for our seniors. The competition was tough and the team represented Franklin and Wisconsin with pride."
Members of the FHS dance team also expressed appreciation for their coaches, parents, family and friends, and the staff from Strive Fitness in Franklin for their support throughout the year.
The team also won both the Pom and Jazz divisions at the state competition in February, taking home two first-place trophies.
Ten seniors will be graduating from the team this year, leaving big shoes for the underclassmen – and new team members – to fill. Regardless, Heinevetter is looking forward to next year. The team has already started preparing for 2017-18, and Heinevetter is encouraging students entering second through eighth grade to register for the development team.
"Our development program has a strong group of eighth-graders who are ready to continue the winning tradition," Heinevetter said.
The spirit team, the middle school Poms team, has placed in the top five at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) state middle school competition for the past two years.