Georgia Bulletin

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Photo By Michael Alexander
The Blessed Trinity High School cheerleaders show off the dance portion of their routine. Blessed Trinity defended its Region 6-AA title with a first place win during the Georgia High School Association Region Cheerleading Competition at Loganville High School, Nov. 7. It was the school's third consecutive region championship.


BT, St. Pius Leap To State Competition Heights

By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published November 12, 2009

Cheerleaders from Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell, and St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, danced, flipped, leaped and vaulted their way to Columbus, where they will compete against some of the best cheerleading squads in all of Georgia Nov. 13-14. This is after the two schools vied for the coveted spots during the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Northeast Georgia Region Cheerleading Competitions at Loganville High School Nov. 7.

Blessed Trinity, led by head coaches Chris Bordnick and Rosemarie Gentile, beat out Buford High School to repeat as Region 6-AA champions for the third year in a row. Coach Bordnick said, “Our routine is action packed, and this year we have a full squad tumbling, which is a great accomplishment.”

St. Pius X High School cheerleaders perform the second of two pyramids during their routine. The flyers (girls on top) are (l-r) Merrill Hagerman, Morgan Agnew, and Ali Asip. Head coach Alison Bruckert stated the difficulty level of this year’s routine is the highest in the squad’s history, so many of the stunts take a high level of skill. Photo By Michael Alexander

Lauren Bordnick, currently a cheerleader at Reinhardt College on scholarship and a 2007 graduate of Blessed Trinity, choreographed the team’s routine.

After winning three consecutive 5-AAA region championships, St. Pius, under the guidance of head coach Alison Bruckert and assistant coaches Maria Batres and Jennifer Moats, placed second behind Johns Creek High School.

“The girls have been preparing for this experience since making the squad last April, and we’re exceedingly proud of all the effort that has gone into perfecting their skills. I’m confident that our girls will have a great showing and make the St. Pius community very proud,” said Coach Bruckert.

Blessed Trinity has competed for six years in GHSA cheerleading and has won five out of the last six region titles. St. Pius is in its 11th year of competition cheerleading and has sent teams to state competition in eight of the last nine years.