The Kelvin Grove cheerleaders took the championship title at the 2019 IESA State Cheerleading Competition held on Jan. 12, 2019 at the Peoria Civic Center.
This title gives the KG Cheer program eight IESA State Cheerleading titles to date. The Hornets have performed at all 18 IESA Cheer Competitions, receiving a top ten finish all 18 years.
The program has three second place finishes, and two third place finishes. Karli Morrone is coach. Students began practicing their routine back in May.
Volunteer coaches are Rachel Maida, Lynn Krumlinde and Adri Sosa. Jenny Krumlinde is the team choreographer.
The team’s competitions this season included: Wilmington Spiritline Competition, fourth place; Reed-Custer Comet Invitational, second place; Northpole Invitational at Lincoln Way East, first place; Joliet West Cheerfest, second place; and IESA State Cheer Championship, first place.
The girls worked hard to gain new skills and improve their routine performance. They faced and overcame many challenges during the season.
They were supposed to be competing against 37 other teams in the small routine division at state, but due to a severe snow storm on Jan. 12, several teams had dropped out of the competition.
The Hornets ended up competing against 22 other teams. The girls gave a near flawless performance at state.