It was a week to remember for 48 New Milford girls, their coaches and families.

Three teams of New Milford Bulls' cheerleaders made a name for themselves Dec. 7-10 during the annual Pop Warner Cheer & Dance championships in Orlando, Fla.

The Bulls' Pee Wee White Level 3 performed well enough to claim a national championship.

The Junior Pee Wee Level 1 squad placed third and and the Pee Wee Green Level 1 team was fourth in their respective competitions.

In 44 previous years of New Milford Bulls' cheerleading, just three teams had advanced to national competition.

"The title of national champion for the Pee Wee White team was a perfect ending to a perfect season," said cheerleader parent Kristina Martinelli, "after being awarded first place at locals, states and regionals."

Mindi Sarko, who serves the Bulls' program as cheerleading commissioner, was effusive in her praise of the girls.

"Never did I dream of three teams making it to nationals," she said, "(and) never did I dream of all three placing at nationals."

"Every performance by the Bulls was their best," Sarko said.

Sarko was quick to emphasize the girls were proud of representing their town so well.

"Everyone kept telling me what amazing teams we had," she said, "and I could not be more proud of each and every cheerleader."

"Thank you, New Milford, for helping us get there and making all these girls' dreams come true," Sarko said. "We are so very grateful."