Fayette County


McIntosh cheer completes state three-peat

There was a familiar team atop the podium at the GHSA Cheerleading State Championships in the Chiefs. McIntosh High’s competition cheer team won their third-straight state championship, and Whitewater finished as runner-up with Starr’s Mill in 5th place.

The new trophy marks the third-straight and seventh state title all-time for the Chiefs.

“Every state championship is special. Three state championships in a row is an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment, pride, and confirmation that what we are doing as a cheerleading program is working,” said McIntosh coach Shannon Bednarowski. “We are so happy we were able to represent the excellence at McIntosh and in Fayette County Public Schools.”

The championship team members are Kylie Alonso, Jamie Artiles, Emma Bednarowski, Malia Bender, Olivia Bloy, Ava Campbell, Sofia Córdoba, Macy DeBoy, Laura Gazinschi, Lauren Hefelfinger, Ashley Hochberg, Akira Hogans, Lauren Janos, Lexi Phillips, Sydney Roberts, Caroline Roach, Maddie Claire Sanders, Alyssa Sherman, and Skyla Zeigler.

“This team of athletes was very receptive to their coaches and trusted us to make the correct choices of skills in the routine and to find the fine balance of difficulty and execution to maximize the points on the score sheet,” said Bednarowski. “The competition cheer team members were willing to do whatever was asked of them so they were able to be the best they possibly could be. They were very respectful, hardworking, and never stopped pushing to improve. They had a great team bond and all worked together toward a common goal: to win the another state championship.”

The team is coached by Shannon Bednarowski, Catie Callen, and Kim Garner.



By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune