The 1998 National Championship Cheerleading Team was a team that brought home a title achieved by no other Bartlett team before them and none since. In fact, they achieved what no other cheerleading team in the northern portion of the United States had ever achieved.
Leading up to the 1998 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in February, this team of eleven girls had won first place in all 12 competitions they entered, including all league, regional, and state competitions. Once arriving at Nationals, they competed in the Small Varsity Division, competing against 60 other teams. The Bartlett girls competed in the preliminary round and scored so well they received a bye directly to the final round, a feat accomplished by only three other teams that year. Winning the National Championship was a goal set by the Bartlett Cheerleading program following a last place finish two years prior and they delivered!
This team was like no other, pushing each other beyond limits ever imagined. They trained hard every day with a training regimen that included running, strength training, stunting, and gymnastics. This team was nothing short of amazing due to their dedication, hard work,and their refuse to lose mentality.
The team was led by Captains Jill Ostrokolowicz and Seana Peterson who served as excellent role models along with fellow seniors Jennifer Bjorklund, Alana Millette, and Rheannon Yuscinsky inspiring their teammates junior Kristyn Luksha, sophomores Crystal Kistner, Jennifer Pablico, Amber Yuscinsky, and Amy Zagami, and freshman Carolyn Cleaves. Collectively this team accepted nothing less than perfection in their performances in every level of competition.
Achieving a National Title was the experience of a lifetime for the Bartlett cheerleaders. No team from New England, in fact, from the entire northern half of the United States had ever defeated southern teams at Nationals. This team believed they could win and they did! Arriving home as Small Varsity National Champions to crowds chanting "WE ARE BARTLETT" was unforgettable and brought an unbelievable and unexplainable amount of pride not just to Bartlett High School but to the entire Town of Webster.
The 1998 Bartlett Cheerleading team proved that the "impossible" is possible when setting goals and having high expectations while believing in your team!