Black History Firsts: Savannah State University Takes Home National Cheerleading Award

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The squad placed number one in the 24-year-old competition, becoming the first HBCU to win the award.

There's literally something to cheer about for Savannah State University, as the school became the first historically black college and university to win the National Cheerleading Award on Sunday.

The Georgia-based school's squad is composed of 12 women and one man, who were able to wow judges at the CheerSport Nationals in Atlanta, the first time in its 24-year history.

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“We are very excited, ecstatic, just a feeling that you can’t explain,” senior cheerleader Morgan Moore told Savannah’s WJCL. “It’s indescribable, it’s just a great feeling to know that we’ve made history at our school.

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"We're all very proud," said Dathan Gooden, SSU Sr. Cheerleader. "We wanted to bring this home because no one ever really saw us accomplish anything like that before or really know what we're about, so just wanted to bring it home."

In addition to winning the competition, two Savannah State University students were recently selected for advanced training in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program.

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