Cheerleader + Marine = Bialk Marriage, Love Story

Cheerleader + Marine = Bialk Marriage, Love Story

Aeva Ver Boort, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Kathryn Bialk and her husband Christian met in November of 2003 during their freshman year in college.  Bialk was a cheerleader, and her husband was in the Marine Corps ROTC program at Marquette that partnered with the school.  

He was walking with his buddies on campus, and they made fun of the cheerleading uniforms.  

“I am pretty outspoken, so I let him have an earful about how much harder our workouts probably were compared to his,” said Bialk.

After college, their relationship didn’t last long because of his going into the military and still having another year of schooling.  

I wasn’t willing to do that kind of a relationship at the time,” said Bialk.  But two years later his name popped up on Bialk’s Facebook, and they started talking again.  Bialk moved out to Hawaii a few months later.

I felt the fact we reconnected was a sign that it was meant to be.”

— Kathryn Bialk


They got married on June 8, 2013, at Prince of Peace in Green Bay and had the reception at Lambeau Field.  They like to spend their anniversary on a mini-vacation to the family cottage or the Wisconsin Dells.

Since most of their relationship was spent in Hawaii, they always try to make sure they have some Hawaiian dessert or food as part of the anniversary celebration.

They have two children, Colton, who is four, and Adalaise, who is two years old.  As a family they go to Florida every spring, and every few years just she and her husband go on a trip.  Most recently they went to Nashville and before that it was to the Caribbean.

They have a cat named Callie Honey and a dog named Rocky.

Bialk’s favorite memory with her husband was when they raced each other up the KoKo Head Crater in Hawaii.  (Obviously, they are both super competitive.) KoKo Head Trail is just under two miles with an elevation gain of almost 1000 feet;  it is basically a vertical climb up old military mine cart tracks.

“Most people won’t even attempt the hike, and those who do typically walk…very slowly, up the path.  We ran it, and I won…the way down was another story and his long legs had me beat,” said Bialk.