Los Alamitos Varsity Cheer just returned from Orlando placing second in the nation among the highly competitive Division 1 National High School Cheerleading Championships. They went straight to finals after preliminaries and were the only California team to compete in Division 1, according to Coach Cheryl Vuong and cheer advisor Jennifer Ramirez. This squad of 12 overcame a major obstacle thrown at them when they were told they could not compete live in the finals per CIF-SS no play Sunday rule, earlier this year. This meant having to videotape their routine to be played in the finals and hope to recreate the same excitement that the teams in the finals receive from the crowd. With the support of the other California teams; including Marina, Edison, La Serna, Costa Mesa and Saugus cheering them on, they secured the No. 2 spot. This squad also became the first ever CIF-SS Division 1 champs earlier this year.