Northgate student is national champion

Northgate senior Conner Powers recently won his fifth national championship for his competitive cheerleading routine. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Northgate senior Conner Powers recently turned in an award-winning performance that brought him lots of cheers from the audience at Petersen Events Center.

Appropriate, since the cheers were for his skilled cheerleader routine that included double-full — a move that comprises a single back somersault with two full twists -- gymnastics and high-flying stunts that earned him first place among hundreds of competitors vying for the national title which, at the end of the day, Conner proudly carried home.

Performing consistently since sixth grade, Conner practices routines with Fire and Ice All-Stars Hail Competitive Cheer Squad located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard.

Speaking of Conner, one of his strongest supporter-mentors, Northgate choral director Kelly Winovich, said, "Conner was born with a natural stage presence and has a passion for performing. He has been able to showcase his talents being a part of the competitive cheerleading world and also with our concert choir, performing for our school and community, as well as across the Pittsburgh area. I am certain Conner's future will be bright and that he will most definitely be a success story from Northgate Middle/Senior High School."

Conner’s most recent achievement brings his total number of national championships to five. In addition, last spring, he placed 16th overall in the United States All Star Federation Cheerleading World Championship held in the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Twelve divisions make up the competition for thousands of all-star cheerleading athletes from around the globe. He again performed high flying stunts, double-fulls, and complex choreography.

Explaining his work ethic, Conner said, “Being involved in both cheerleading and concert choir, I have learned several valuable skills, such as dedication, leadership, loyalty, responsibility, teamwork and so many others that will help to carry me on my life’s journey. These activities allow me to express myself creatively in a fun and positive way. I am extremely grateful to those who have supported me throughout the years.”

An honor student, Conner plans to attend a college or university to major in early childhood education. He also plans to coach cheer activities and to continue to perform, as well. He is the son of the late Leslie Powers and Jerry Powers of Avalon.

Go to https://youtube/j3kMwbaqaiw to see Conner and friends in a performance at Disney.