Wednesday , 25 May 2022
Premier Academy's Team Xplosion with their Paid Bid Winner banner at the Take Flight competition. Image credit: Premier Academy.

Premier Academy & Cheer Force Jets make it to Worlds

A group of Bonnyville cheerleaders have earned an exciting trip to perform on the world’s stage.

Premier Academy & Tumbling’s U17 Xplosion team competing in Cold Lake recently at the Take Flight event, and came away as the Grand champions, being the highest scoring team at the meet. 

With this accomplishment, the group of 25 competitors that range from 10-15-years-old, will now book their tickets with a paid trip to Florida to the All-Star Worlds event in April 2023. They also get a paid trip to Disneyworld to boot.

Coach and owner of Premier Academy, Melissa Kirkendall, said it was great to see the team’s work pay off in such a big way. 

“It was pretty amazing. We shed lots of tears, these athletes have worked pretty hard all season long, including the two years that we’ve had with COVID, being shut down and trying to work virtually and things like that,” said Kirkendall.

“So we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this team over the last couple of years. They really came out and did so amazing.”

As this cheer season draws nearer to a close, Premier Academy competed in their final event of the season in Edmonton over the weekend at the All-Star Cheer Extravaganza.

The team will take a week off this week for spring break and have a final week of practices to follow.

Otherwise at the Take Flight competition in Cold Lake over the April 2nd weekend, the Cheer Force Jets also claimed bids to the same Worlds tournament in Florida next year.

The Premier Academy teams finished with great results.


  • Flames – rated Excellent in the U8 Novice division
  • Scorchers – rated Excellent in the U6 prep division
  • Glimmer – 3rd place in the U12 prep division
  • Dynamite – 2nd place in the U12 level 2 division
  • Xplosion – 1st place in the U17 level 2 large division and overall Grand Champions
  • Intensity – 3rd place in the U17 level 3 division

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.