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Members of the EPIC All-Stars cheerleading group compete in the US Finals in Virginia Beach.

There’s something special going on with EPIC All-Stars cheerleading, and it’s happening under the direction of co-owners and coaches Erin Miller and Kris Morris.

Miller and Morris, two local products, have brought their experience to EPIC, and it’s resulted in much success over the past several years.

Their journeys to EPIC are quite different.

After high school, Miller moved to Richmond, Virginia, and worked with Hilda McDaniel with the Cheer Factory All-Stars. Later, she moved back to the Eastern Panhandle, then co-owned the Maximum Extreme All-Stars before opening EPIC, giving her 15 years of experience to share with her teams.

Morris taught in the recreation league in Charles Town before working at her alma mater, Jefferson High School, with freshman and varsity cheerleaders teams. She was then offered the head coach position at Washington High School where she coached for six years.

Then, in 2012, she came to EPIC.

“I went after my dream and became co-owner of EPIC All-Stars,” Morris.

Now, the two share over 30 years experience combined, working with kids of all ages. But even before becoming partners the two had a pretty interesting relationship.

“We competed against each other,” Miller said. ” I went to Hedgesville, and Kriss was at Jefferson. We knew who each other was, we just weren’t friends yet.”

After four years in the business, the number of their participants has grown to almost 100.

The structure of their activities have developed into different categories and commitments: the prep team for beginners; the full-year all- star team; the tumbling program for beginners and advanced youth; the Tiny Team for ages 6 and under; and a half-year program designed to help school cheerleading teams and other sideline types of activities. They also have developed a special needs team. In addition to these groups, this coming year…

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