St. Hubert High School won the Large Junior Varsity division at the recent National High School Cheerleading Championship. The competition, sponsored by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, took place on Feb. 7 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney World. The Bambies prevailed in a field of 12 teams. It was their second national championship in a row. The squad is coached by Lisa McNesby, a 1995 St. Hubert graduate. The three other teams representing St. Hubert all had top-10 finishes in their divisions.
On a recent Sunday afternoon inside the gymnasium at St. Hubert, athletic director Mike Prendergast looked toward the nearly 100 cheerleaders assembled and quipped, “Look at this … it’s like West Side Story in Mayfair.”
In loving memory: The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush held a dance festival benefitting a college fund named in memory of Jackie Park, a Rush graduate who was fatally struck by a car in 2012. The dance festival featured works choreographed solely by students. They wrote scripts for a few short monologues that were intertwined with dance performances. Some types of dances included ballet, hip-hop, modern and jazz. PHOTOS BY MARIA POUCHNIKOVA
“It was a great feeling. We finally accomplished our goal. Competing on a national level is nerve-wracking, but a lot of fun. We received a lot of encouragement from our fans and the junior varsity team.”
— Cheerleader Megan McGinley, a junior at St. Hubert High School.