The Atholton High School Pom Pon Squad leaves Friday to compete in the National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Fla.
The team qualifies to compete in two categories: Jazz Dance and Pom Pon.
After winning and placing high in several regional competitions in 1992 and 1993, the squad qualified for the National Championship at a dance camp held in June by the Universal Dance Association at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
The squad also performed on Jan. 5 at half-time of the Washington Bullets/Indiana Pacers basketball game at the USAir Arena.
Alycia Carlyson has been the team's coach for the past five years. Senior Cassandra Goldman has been team captain for the past three years.
Team members competing in Orlando include Courtney Workman, Johanna Wainscott, Joy Walker, K.C. Niedermeyer, Jill Norman, Rachel Katz and Allison Spires.