Between its American Dance/Drill Team Regional Contest in Killeen in February and its competition in the Danceline Bluebonnet State Championship in Denton, Stephenville High School's Stingerettes won more than 70 total awards.
The Stings won officer and individual awards as well as full team honors and small group titles. The majority of honors were won at the Danceline event in Denton earlier this month.
Division I solo medals went to Elizabeth Afeman, Kayla Legan, Hannah Rivera, Tamara Smith and Shelby Sult. The pairings of Brittney Culhane and Maurie Dodson as well as Jordan Mays and Kiley McKenzie earned Division I duet medals, and the team of Legan, Erin McGuyer-Huffman and Erin Oliver won Division I trio medals. Routines for each were choreographed by the competing students.
In the technique challenge, Allison Balder was a top five finalist in toe touch and Jordan Mays a top five finalist and first runner-up in kick.
AJC Recognition of Excellence awards were earned by McGuyer-Huffman in JV and Oliver in varsity, while the Sting officers as well as varsity and JV teams captured sweepstakes honors.
Captains Legan and Mays finished as first runners-up for best in category in officer lyrical, while captains Legan, Mays, Kristen Michael and Adrian Rivas took the honor of first-place best in category in officer prop.
Legan, Michael and Mays weren't done, as Legan and Michael choreographed the first-place routine for best in category in varsity lyrical, and Legan and Mays choreographed the routine that won first-pace best in category in varsity military. Legan and Mays also had the top score to earn the Gold Elite Award for varsity military.
Legan, Mays, Michael and Rivas were named small varsity officer state grand champions, a title that is accompanied by a $300 team scholarship for summer officer camp.
The Stings also captured small varsity team Class II state grand champion honors, complete with a $300 scholarship toward team camp. Competitors included Afeman, Balder, Culhane, Dodson, Legan, Mays, Michael, Avery Misenhimer, Oliver, Rivas, Rivera, Sult, Alexia Tucker and Rachel Tuggle.
The Stings also won a slew of honors in the regional competition in Killeen.
Afeman, Mays, Michael, McKenzie, Oliver, Rivas and Sult earned a Division I rating, and Mays, Michael and Sult were among the top six solo finalists. McKenzie was first runner-up in top six solo finalists.
Officers, varsity and JV teams all captured sweepstakes honors as well as the Gussie Nell Davis Award for Excellence, best overall precision and best overall choreography. The officers and varsity teams won best overall technique, and the varsity and JV teams earned the title of best overall presentation.
The varsity Stings were named academic champions with an average grade point average of 3.87, while the JV team was first-runner up with an average of 3.65.
The officers and varsity teams took first place best in class for the AJV medium ensemble, while the JV team took second runner-up.