Congratulations to our North Cheerleaders who won State Championships on December 11, 2021. This is North Bullitt’s first ever Competitive Cheer State Title, and the 2022 State Championship trophy is on display in the trophy case at the front of the school for all to see.
The State Championships were held at George Rogers Clark in Winchester KY, and our team competed in the Super Large Competitive Division for the first time, after being in the Large Competitive Division in years past. The divisions are based on how many members a team has, with Super Large performing with a minimum of 24-30 members.
“Our girls performed in Super Large and were the only program to ‘hit zero,’ meaning we hit every stunt and had zero deductions,” says new Head Coach, Destiny Sawyers-Watson. “The program has been pushed harder than ever before, and it seems the four day a week practices are paying off.”
Entering Championships, the team knew they weren’t the favorite to win. They were going up against Greenup County High School, the top cheerleading program in the country, as well as male cheerleading teams.
“Proud is an understatement,” adds Coach Sawyers-Watson. “The feeling when our seniors are crying after performing and telling you this is the best they have ever felt, and then you hear the names being called and suddenly you’re freaking out – like oh my, did we just win this? Chills, and just happiness – you cannot buy that feeling. Knowing all the hours, the injuries, the sacrifice was worth it to be State Champs: priceless.”
The North Cheerleaders leave for Nationals on February 9, 2022, to compete for two National titles. The team is being pushed out of their comfort zone by their instructors; it is currently the only team in Bullitt County that competes in the 2.5 Minute Division, as well as Game Day.
The team has seen many changes throughout the year, welcoming in new management and making way for our athletes to break through with new tumbling and stunting abilities. The program is now under the instruction of Head Coach Sawyers-Watson and Assistant Coach Randy Shibley at the helm. The team also works with John Kirk, owner of Bullitt Athletics, and stunt coaches David Nakata and Ande Patterson.
Coach Sawyers-Watson states, “There is not one person who works with our program we could live without; every person makes this massive program function, especially as the team takes on a more serious and competitive focus with cheerleading. We still have work to do, however we are changing a culture for our student athletes and our program.”
Follow our team on instagram at @northbullittcheer to keep up with the new era of North Cheer.