Five hundred dollars doesn't seem like a great return on an $8,000 investment unless you figure in the fun and feeling of achievement.

The Spanish Fork sophomore and junior varsity cheerleaders recently won $500 as third-place prize in the Personal Products Company's 10th annual National High School Cheerleading Championship. Thirty-eight teams from across the nation competed in Orlando, Fla. First and second places were won by teams from Memphis, Tenn., and Santa Anna, Calif."The girls had a great time," Car-rie Christensen, Spanish Fork team advisor, said. "We went to Disney World and the conference was at Sea World. The girls liked sightseeing, the competition and meeting girls from all the other teams. I enjoyed watching all these good kids working so hard."

Christensen said each cheerleader had to earn $480 to pay for the trip. Some funds were raised with a spaghetti dinner.

Christensen added that another Spanish Fork High group, the varsity cheerleaders, competed last weekend in a national meet in California and won third place.

"These girls are just great; they don't give up until they win."