Congratulations to a number of Bellevue School District students who earned a State Championship at the Washington State Junior State Championships on Feb. 4.  This is the fourth consecutive State Championship for this team, which is comprised of students from around the area and who are part of the Bellevue Parks & Mercer Island Parks program, Eastside Dream Elite Recreational Cheer.

Following their state win, they placed second in their division at the USA Nationals Cheerleading Competition in Anaheim on Feb. 25.

Below are the names of the BSD students on the team:

Jadyn Arthur, Big Picture
Alexis Carr, Tillicum
Derek Christiansen, Woodridge
Kenzie DeShazo, Newport
Zach DeShazo, Big Picture
Kamarina Hewett, Odle
Naomi Khoo, International
Kseniya Koriavets, Lake Hills
Lauren Maring, Tyee
Helene McCully, Odle
Maddie McDowell, Tillicum
Tannis Olson, Chinook
Lizzie Pines, Chinook
Shaleigh Schall, Tillicum
Teagan Schall, Newport
Cassandra Schmid, Chinook
Ariel Simpson, Interlake
Aya Sugihara, Eastgate
Hana Sugihara, Tyee
Makenna Winkler, International

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.