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Cheerleaders from 4 states battle it out in Oakland

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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Sammie Worlledge (left), Heaven Price and Calysa Dow stunt with Izzy Bennington as the WGP All Stars Steel Level 1 Junior team of Columbus, Ohio performs on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. Worlledge continues to compete despite losing a leg and battling cancer for the second time.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sammie Worlledge (left), Heaven Price and Calysa Dow stunt with Izzy Bennington as the WGP All Stars Steel Level 1 Junior team of Columbus, Ohio performs on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. Worlledge continues to compete despite losing a leg and battling cancer for the second time.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Members of the Fire and Ice Frenzy Level 1 Tiny Prep Cheer team of Wheeling, W.Va., wait to hit the stage on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. The cheerleading competition included athletes as young as 3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Members of the Fire and Ice Frenzy Level 1 Tiny Prep Cheer team of Wheeling, W.Va., wait to hit the stage on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. The cheerleading competition included athletes as young as 3.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Amari Austin, 12, of the Cheer Image Level 2 Junior Rec Cheer team of Warren, Ohio, cheers on a competing team on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. Good sportsmanship is strongly encouraged during the competition.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Amari Austin, 12, of the Cheer Image Level 2 Junior Rec Cheer team of Warren, Ohio, cheers on a competing team on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. Good sportsmanship is strongly encouraged during the competition.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Competitors dance in celebration before the session one awards ceremony at the JAMfest JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Competitors dance in celebration before the session one awards ceremony at the JAMfest JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Ashlen Martin, 8, a member of the Ohio Valley All Stars Inspire team from Parkersburg, W. Va., sits patiently as her mother, Melissa, does her hair on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Ashlen Martin, 8, a member of the Ohio Valley All Stars Inspire team from Parkersburg, W. Va., sits patiently as her mother, Melissa, does her hair on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - X-Cel All Star Cheer X5 team fliers are caught on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the final performance of the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>X-Cel All Star Cheer X5 team fliers are caught on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the final performance of the JAM-Bash Series Cheer and Dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - A flier for the WGP All Stars Platinum team is caught on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the final performance of the JAM-Bash series cheer and dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>A flier for the WGP All Stars Platinum team is caught on Saturday, April 12, 2014, during the final performance of the JAM-Bash series cheer and dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Coach Courtney Cashdollar of Butler hugs Hannah Thompson, 18, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as the Element All-Stars Titanium team celebrates their national championship win in the Level 3 Senior Cheer Division during the JAM-Bash series cheer and dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Coach Courtney Cashdollar of Butler hugs Hannah Thompson, 18, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as the Element All-Stars Titanium team celebrates their national championship win in the Level 3 Senior Cheer Division during the JAM-Bash series cheer and dance competition in the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.

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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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