Blairsville cheerleaders

The Blairsville High School competitive cheerleaders claimed the first-place title for the first time in 20 years at the Tri-County cheerleading competition over Thanksgiving weekend. (Kim Alamo/Blairsville High School)

Recently, this same team also pulled third place at the Heritage Competition in October.

The Blairsville team executed a near-perfect routine both times that it was performed.

This year was sophomore Gia Bumpass’s first year on the competitive team.

“We have a lot of new girls on the team so winning something that hasn’t been done in a long time was special, especially since the new girls didn’t have a lot of experience,” she said.

The Tri-County competition was originally supposed to be held Nov. 23 but was instead rescheduled to Nov. 24.

Thankfully, this provided ample time for Black Friday shopping before the competition.

Due to the date change, the Purchase Line High School team was not able to attend.

United High School hosted the Tri-County competition this year, as the team won the championship the previous year.

As hosts, the team was not allowed to compete but did perform an exhibition routine.

Blairsville High School competitive cheerleaders will compete again this month in Altoona with the hopes of then continuing to the state cheerleading competition in Hershey.

In other news, students at Blairsville Middle-High School donated about 1,500 canned goods for needy families before Thanksgiving break.

Remembering Adam, an organization that advocates a drug-free lifestyle for students, sponsored the food drive.

The homeroom that donated the most cans earned a breakfast party, one for the middle school and another in the high school.

The homeroom that won the breakfast party for the high school was Mrs. Trisha Kaylor’s, and Mrs. Barbara Stiles’ homeroom won the breakfast party in the middle school.

A total of 35 families were given food for Thanksgiving and the additional cans were added to the community food pantry located at the United Presbyterian Church in Blairsville.

“We do this to give back to others,” said school nurse and club sponsor Elizabeth Zedick.

“We have a lot of needy families in the area.”