Mount Paran Christian School’s competitive cheer team has clinched the state cheering title for a seventh consecutive year.

Last year, the squad broke the state record after winning its sixth title in a row, and after losing just three seniors, the girls picked up where they left off to bring home the title again this fall.

Led by coach Paige Johnson, the team’s motto as they battled back to first place this year was “Stairway to Seven.”

“These 17 girls are tremendous athletes,” Johnson said. “They train year-round, running and conditioning, working out in the weight room, tumbling, stunting, cheering on the sidelines and taking the mat each Saturday in the fall where they finished with a perfect record.”

Most of the students are multi-sport athletes who maintain rigorous academic schedules, according to their coach, who credits her team’s continued success to her students’ dedication and faith.

Mount Paran was also named the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association Team of the Year.

“We work hard and support each other in and out of the gym,” said senior Kam Kitchens. “We create an atmosphere of determination and focus. We set a clear goal and work together to achieve it.”

Johnson also credits the team’s success to continued support from the community, not just from the girls’ parents but also from the school itself.

The entire Mount Paran football team and student body gathered for a spirited send-off as the girls left for the state competition in Columbus, and many even traveled along to see them perform.


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