Padua Academy is celebrating two national championship banners and its most recent state championship title – for the first time ever in competitive cheerleading.

Finishing a successful season cheering for Salesianum, whose football team won the Division I state championship, Padua immediately entered its third consecutive year as a competitive cheer team.

Padua Cheer placed 1st on Saturday, February 1 at the Christiana High School Cheer Competition and on Saturday, February 8 at the Dover High School Cheer Competition, and 2nd at the Cheer for Charity Competition held on Sunday, February 16 at the Chase River Front.

The team continued its winning streak all the way to the Delaware Coaches Cheerleading Association (DCCA) state championship competition on Sunday, March 2 at McKean High School. In only year two of state level competition, the cheer team won Padua’s first ever state title in competitive cheerleading – a title that previously had been held by St. Mark's for 6 years.

Following their state championship win, Padua attended the Grand National Competition sponsored by Cheer and Dance Extreme in Virginia Beach on Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23, taking 1st place as National Champions – the team’s first ever national title – from among the four teams in the division. The team also earned the title of Grand Champion by scoring the highest in the High School Division, consisting of the 13 teams competing at the event.

According to head coach Maria Catalina, the championship titles are the result of her team’s hard work and dedication.

“We are very proud of our cheerleading team’s incredible accomplishments this season,” she said. “The team worked very hard to win the championship title in only our second year competing at the state level. And to follow that with two national championship banners is just a dream come true.”

Catalina heads the team with assistant coach Stacy Eby. Team captains are Carmella Cinaglia, Emily Erdmann and Kaitlyn Markey. The team consists of senior Angela Lex; juniors Brittany Catalina, Anna Przywara, Andrea Giordano, Sophia Giordano, Emma Lutus, Madeline Watson, Kassi Snook, Kristin DiMichele, Kary Santayana, and Brook Fertig; sophmores Tori Fedele, Kenzie Setting, Julia Classen, Sarah Guariano, Hannah Grier, and Domenica Terinoni; and freshmen Sydney Johnson, Giana Buoni, Victoria Spinelli, Hannah Danz, Tina Walker, Sarah Thomlinson and Allision Oberembt.