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Bishop Ireton Cheerleaders Capture Fourth Straight Grand Champion Title at Blue Ridge Classics, Earn Bid to Nationals

Bishop Ireton Cheerleaders Capture Fourth Straight Grand Champion Title at Blue Ridge Classics, Earn Bid to Nationals. (Photo: Bishop Ireton HS)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria, VA – The Bishop Ireton cheerleaders competed in the Christian Cheerleaders of America’s (CCA) Blue Ridge Classics Competition over the weekend, and captured the Grand Champion Trophy for the fourth straight year. They also placed first in the Small Varsity Division during the competition. They beat out teams from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina in the contest, which took place at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

“I am incredibly proud of our team, who have overcome several difficult obstacles this season,” said head coach Angela Hope. “This year, our team t-shirts read, ‘Your talent is a gift from God, what you do with it, is your gift back to God.’  The continued success of this program lies within the team working together as one, recognizing their talents and putting them to work.”

With this win, the cheerleaders earned a spot in the CCA Nationals held in Fayetteville, North Carolina in March. Bishop Ireton also took home two individual titles at the competition: best jump (Kaleigh Ballagh ’20) and best tumbling (Claire De La Garrigue ’21).

About Bishop Ireton: Bishop Ireton High School, a Catholic preparatory high school located in historic Alexandria, Virginia, began its proud heritage of academic excellence in 1964. As a Salesian community of learning, Bishop Ireton is dedicated to the educational and spiritual formation of young men and women, challenging them to Advance Always in scholarship, service, and in the love of God and one another. The school is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and AdvancED.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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