Charger Cheerleaders AND Dance Team Qualify for State Competition for the First Time in School History


Trinity Dent, Ms. Kalal, Contributors

St. Joseph’s varsity cheerleaders traveled down to Bloomington, IL on Sunday, January 8th to compete in the ICCA Challenge.

After a two hour bus ride, warm-ups, and competition the girls waited in anticipation- hoping to either place in the top 3 or qualify for the ICCA State Championships.

All of their hard work paid off- the Charger Cheerleaders placed 3rd out of 8 teams at the competition & hit state qualifying scores! “It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that two years ago we were just starting out as a competitive team and in such a short amount of time being able to accomplish so much!,” said Senior Kathryn Boehmke.

This is the first competitive cheerleading team from St. Joseph to qualify for the ICCA State Championships, which will be held on Saturday, February 11th in Springfield.

“It feels good to prove people wrong about us- we are a good team and now that we qualified for ICCA State to prove it!,” said Junior Alexis Boddy.

Meanwhile, on January 22nd, 2012, the varsity dance team traveled to Grayslake, IL. They competed in 2A Hip-Hop and received 2nd place. The team’s score and placement qualified them for the 2012 T.D.I. Illinois State Championship in Peoria on March 3rd and 4th. This is the first time the dance team has ever competed and qualified for a state championship. The dance team is very excited and the girls are working on a routine that they hope can win them state.

Congratulations to both!