Skip to content

The Stars shone in Orlando this summer

The Stars team performing their award winning routine in Orlando earlier this year.

Article and photos submitted by Amy Shanahan

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) students Jazmine Murphy and Taylor Farnsworth were recently rewarded for their athletic ability, dedication and hard work. Murphy and Farnsworth traveled to Orlando, Florida with their cheerleading team, The Stars, from Peak Athletics Plus. The Stars program is a cheerleading and dance program run by Peak Athletics in Highlands Ranch, which is designed for athletes with special needs.

The athletes from The Stars team competed in the UCA National All Star Cheerleading Championships held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Center at Disney World.

After day one of the competition, they were in second place, behind a team from Mississippi. They continued to tighten their routine and after their performance on day two, they moved into first place and captured the National Title.

“I love being a cheerleader, and it’s so much fun being a flyer. I especially love soaring in the air during stunts,” says Murphy. “It was awesome winning first place at the National Championships in Florida with my team. We all worked very hard this year and I’m really proud of what we accomplished.” Each athlete on the team received a gold medal and a coveted black Nationals Champion jacket.

Farnsworth – a Castle Pines resident – and Murphy are gearing up for their new cheer season, which starts later this month.

To find out more about Peak Athletics’ cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance programs, visit

The Stars team, National Champions (pictured from left to right) Alex Shield (from Rock Canyon High School), Taylor Farnsworth and Jazmine Murphy from Rocky Heights Middle School, and Mary Kate Gleason.



Posted in


Recent Stories