This past weekend the Varsity dance team traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete at the American Dance/Drill Team High School National and International Dance Championship. The competition was fierce with nearly 100 teams and more than 1,000 dancers, including 20 teams with more than 300 dancers from Japan.
The Spirits would like to thank the Saint Thomas Aquinas Faculty, Staff, Administration and Student Body for your incredible support this year!
Team awards included the following:
The Gussie Nell Davis Distinction of Honor, earned by the teams with nearly perfect scores from each judge in every category.
Pom earned 5th place overall in the Nation and Top Ten Internationally.
Lyrical earned 2nd place overall in the Nation and Top Ten Internationally.
Hip Hop won 1st place overall in the Nation and 2nd place Internationally. Hip Hop was also the highest scoring routine out of the United States teams competing.
The Spirits have led a year-long Kindness Campaign, delivering random acts of kindness throughout the community as well as “adopting” a sister team from Houston that was deeply affected by the Hurricanes. Their service project was named the Grand National Champion, winning $1,000 to the charity of their choice, which will go directly to their Houston Sister Team to help with recovery efforts.
The Spirits were also named the 2018 Grand National Academic Champion with the highest team GPA in the entire competition of 4.031.
Individual awards include the following:
Senior, Kelli Byrd, was voted STADT MVP of the weekend by her teammates.
Abby Brady earned a Division 1 Superior rating for her solo, this is the highest rating possible.
Carly Moran, Andrea Gammill, Jenna Vickers and Abby Woltering earned a Division 1 Superior rating for their Captains’ performance, this is the highest rating possible.
Abby Brady and Kaitlyn Woicke are the 2018 Duet National Champions.
Nina Clune, Lillian Heiman, Megan McGrevey and Shea Sullivan are the 2018 Small Ensemble National Champions and 2018 Biotime Sports WOW Factor award winners.