For the first time ever, the Binghamton High School Varsity Cheer team has made it to Nationals and the Patriots still have some work to do before heading down to Florida in just under a month.

The nerves are shaking as the Patriots jump for joy.

"Not necessarily nervous, but like definitely excited," said senior main base Elyse Denmon. "There's obviously still more stuff that we have to do but I feel like we're good so far."

And so far, that work has paid off and BHS is relishing the moment.

"Yeah, we definitely all had to put our effort towards it," said senior main base Chloe Khounesombat.

But when the team initially stuck the landing, they couldn't believe what they were hearing.

"I think I was more excited than they were they were," joked head coach Anna-Marie Conley. "We're going around the bus and I'm like, we're going guys, and I don't think they really thought it was in their reach because it's a lot of money."

A dozen fund-raisers later and a cost of $1,500 per athlete, the team was shocked by the support.

"I didn't think that there would be so many people supporting us or wanting us to get to Nationals," Khounesombat said.

"There are a lot of people that have come together and they really helped us achieve this goal," Denmon said. "And I think that our school definitely, really wants us to get to experience this."

And there are more important things than winning and losing.

"Well, definitely memories of this whole thing. Us being together as a family," Conley said. "I just hope they just take back something with it."

The team will be surrounded by 400 other teams and routines that Coach Conley has never seen in her 20 years of coaching.

"Just see a lot of different things that we have never seen," Conley said. "I think they're ready because we've done a lot of competition, a lot of training, and a lot of just repetitive stuff just to get them ready so I do think they're ready."

The team is holding a spaghetti dinner at the High School on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and checks can still be made out to the team, helping their cause.