McIntosh wins fourth-straight cheer crown


The Chief dynasty continues. McIntosh High won the Class AAAAA GHSA competition cheerleading state championship on November 12, their fourth-straight state title and eighth in team history.

Coach Shannon Bednarowski had one word to describe the feeling of winning state again: Magical.

“It’s an overwhelming sense of accomplishment to win something as prestigious and special as a state championship once, but to have the rare opportunity to win the GHSA state championship four years in a row is incredible, and we feel very fortunate and appreciative,” said Bednarowski. “Our theme this year was ‘Magic,’ and this season was ‘Magic,’ along with a ton of hard work, dedication, commitment, pride, and drive.”

The champion cheerleaders are Kylie Alonso, Jamie Artiles, Emma Bednarowski, Malia Bender, Alicia Carrillo-Bueno, Macy DeBoy, Lauren Heffelfinger, Ashley Henriott, Ashley Hochberg, Lilly Landgaard, Kallie McCamphill, Channing Patterson, Sydney Roberts, Maddie Claire Sanders, Alyssa Sherman, Kamara Smith, Brooke Tringale, and Skyla Ziegler.

They are coached by Shannon Bednarowski, Catie Callen, Kim Garner, Barry Garner, and Adrian Stroud, and Olivia Bloy is team manager.

“They were a family and all worked harmoniously together. All had the common goal to do whatever it took to win a fourth state championship in a row,” said Bednarowski. “They are a wonderful group of athletes, and they represent McIntosh well in a very positive manner.”