Because they competed as a non-building squad, the Greyhound cheer team was judged specifically on their floor routine. The scores were awarded based on tumbling, motion techniques, projection, choreography and showmanship.
With the title, the Greyhound cheerleaders also earned a bid to the nationals, according to co-sponsor Alanna Russell.
Cheerleading co-sponsor Amanda Himschoot said she is proud of the girls because the squad proved they could compete on a national level.
"The big thing about getting a bid is that the judges have to select you as potential for nationals," Himschoot said. "We could have won and still not have received a bid. You have to compete well enough."
"They started in the summer and have continued to work very hard," Russell said.
"They are truly athletes at what they do," Himschoot said.
Himschoot said the Greyhound cheerleaders are beginning to expand their cheering routine.
"We are working on building and hope to eventually compete as a stunt group," Himschoot said.
The Greyhound cheerleaders' win is Salem's first varsity level state champion title.
The Salem cheer team has five members. They are Captain Ashley Moss, Co-Captain Brittany Smith, Taylor Milsap, Bailey Benton and Kelli Walth.