The HFV Wilson Community Center competitive cheerleading team brought the proverbially "it" at the Cheer America Spring Nationals in Allen, Texas.

The team then brought home three trophies from their first competition. The senior squad placed fourth, the junior squad placed second and Joelle Griffin was the first place individual.

"I got a medal, which is cool," Julia Young said. "I did a toe-touch. At the beginning (of practices) I had trouble. Sometimes we fall, but we put our mind to it."

The team now qualifies for the Summer Nationals in South Padre, Texas.

"The best part was winning the trophy because we did a great job," Lanisha Bryant said.

The team began practicing in November, and this was their first competition.

"It didn't surprise me," said coach Kim Griffin. "Any child who wants to do something can do it. I took a bunch of girls and boys who wanted to be cheerleaders and placed. We don't have the equipment of the big gyms, but we still went to a national competition and placed."

To win the individual competition, Joelle Griffin had to perform a full routine by herself and face off against cheerleaders from other teams.

"It was scary until the music started," she said. "Then the music started, and I pulled it off better than I had in practice."

For many of the cheerleaders, it was their first time to attend a competitive cheerleading event.

"I liked that we spent time together with the team and had lots of fun and got to meet lots of cheerleaders," Hazel Herrera said.

Team members also enjoyed the opportunity to see other squads.

"It was really fun. All the cheerleaders were really nice," Quintaija Armstrong said. "A girl helped me with my hair and told me the best way to get a backhand spring."