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Cheerleaders from 4 states battle it out in Oakland

| Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
The Level 1 Mini Cheer team from Element All-Stars of Butler competes on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance Competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. The one-day national cheerleading competition attracted teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Give me a J! Give me an A! Give me an M! JAMfest! JAMfest! JAMfest!

On Saturday, JAMfest, a Louisville, Ky.-based international event-production company, held a JAM-Bash series national cheer and dance competition in Petersen Events Center in Oakland. The high-energy competitors flipped, danced and tumbled to blaring pop music in hopes of impressing judges and earning a championship banner and trophy for their gym.

More than 70 teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia brought their best to the event, which encourages competition, fun and sportsmanship.

As each session drew to a close in the all-day event, teams gathered on the performance mat to celebrate their accomplishments. Not every team walked away with a banner, but even in the face of disappointment, smiling faces could be seen across the gym as the JAMfest announcer handed out awards for performance and sportsmanship.

Guy Wathen is a Trib Total Media photographer. Reach him at gwathen@tribweb.com.

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