MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Lifting weights may be hard, but it's paid off in a big way for the girls powerlifting team at Moss Point High School.
In front of family and friends, the teammates slipped on state championship rings during a ceremony Thursday.
It is the second consecutive year the team - which didn't even exist four years ago - has won the title.
"Well, it brings us all together. It makes us feel more like a family. It makes us love each other even more," said Triniti Cooper.
Some of the lifters have left for college, but that didn't matter to Ai'Dora Shelby.
"I'm feeling great, and I'm really glad that we were able to accept our rings today as a whole. Even though there were some missing, I still felt the spirit of all of them here."
While the young ladies have reached the top of the powerlifting world in Mississippi, they've also reached the top of the classroom. The team members have a collective grade point average of 3.5.
"It's important to excel in the classroom because if you don't maintain your average, you can't compete," said Destiny McCants. "Most of all, we want to compete if you want to win. So in order to do that you have to keep your grades up."
Keeping up with the team's progress has been a dream come true for coach Kyle Mickelson.
"Best three years I've ever had in my life; especially a team that I've ever coached. Because they just give so much, work and effort and you push them so hard."