The Stephenville High School Stingerettes got some exciting news when head captain Rebecca Tuggle was recently selected to travel to The Woodlands as a member of the 2018 All-State Dance Team.

This year’s routine was inspired by the events of Hurricane Harvey and choreographed by Michelle Leagans.

“I’m very honored to be a part of the All-State Dance Team. Performing the story of Hurricane Harvey next to 224 other dancers, some who had been affected, was so fulfilling and a touching experience,” Tuggle said. “Meeting all the other dancers and making friendships was one of my favorite parts.”

The team — which consists of dancers from all over the state — is part of the Texas Dance Educators Association Convention and only one student is awarded the all-state recognition per school.

“All-State members must be an 11th or 12th grade student and are expected to exemplify the highest qualities of a team leader, as well as demonstrate proficiency in ballet, modern and jazz techniques,” states an all-state dance release.

Tuggle participated in a three-day convention filled with dance workshops, leadership training, networking with other students and teachers, touring leading exhibitors from the industry and a college dance fair and performance showcase.

“I am very proud of how well Rebecca represented Stephenville. She’s an awesome young lady and is responsible for much of our Sting team success,” Kelsey said. “She’s very deserving of this recognition and it was wonderful to see her dance alongside so many other talented students in such a professionally coordinated presentation.”

The All-State Dance Team learned the routine in approximately 15 hours while at the convention.

“The convention was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something I will never forget,” Tuggle said.