The Stephenville High School Stingerettes had a successful competition, bringing home 30 awards — including first place state grand champions in large varsity class 1 team — from Danceline Production USA’s Classic State Championship held in Weatherford.
“Last year was the first time for the Stings to achieve State Grand Champion as one large varsity level team,” said Stingerette Director Kimberly Kelsey. “The girls had a lot of pressure to defend that title on top of many unique challenges to work through this season. You wouldn’t have known it based on their performance Saturday and additionally were the only team to be recognized with the Congeniality Award by the contest staff.”
Here’s a look at the awards.
Division 1 Rating:
Solos - Blake Been 1 & 2, Alex Cameron, Myla Childers, Kassidy Cowles, Tara Garza, Maria Nelson, Grace Rogers, Bailey Sanderford and Mason Warren
Small Ensembles - Mackenzie Ansley, Blake Been, Alex Cameron and Kassle Pack; Tyra Boudreaux, Claira Caskey, Sara Ratliff and Bailey Sanderford; Chloe Brinkerhoff, Myla Childers, Sammie Dewberry and Sara Ratliff; Kassidy Cowles, Macy Hall, Adriana Moreno, Kassle Pack and Rebecca Tuggle
Sweepstakes - Officer team
Platinum Sweepstakes - Varsity team
AJC Recognition of Excellence Award - Kassle Pack
Top 5 Finalists:
Toe touches - Diandra Tejada
High kick technique - Blake Been and Kassidy Cowles
First place Best in Category in Large Varsity - team kick, team contemporary and team production
Second place Best in Division in Small Ensembles - Tyra Boudreaux, Claira Caskey, Sara Ratliff and Bailey Sanderford
Third place high kick - Kassidy Cowles
Third place Best in Division in Small Ensembles - Mackenzie Ansley, Blake Been, Alex Cameron and Kassle Pack
First place Grand Champions in Large Varsity Class 1 team
“I couldn’t be more proud of how they represented Stephenville,” Kelsey said. “The Stings will be traveling to San Antonio March 23-25 to compete in Danceline Production USA’s inaugural National Champion at SeaWorld.”
Before they head to SeaWorld, the Stings will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Gandy Gym at SHS.