As you enter the drill team dance studio at Stephenville High School, a quote by Martha Graham, an American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, graces the wall. It reads: “Great dancers are not great because of technique. They are great because of their passion.”

It is that passion that guides the hardworking Stingerette Drill Team and led the girls to a number of victories in February and March. The drill team was recognized at Monday’s meeting of the SISD board of trustees for their continued success and dedication.

The team bought home all three grand champion titles from the South Texas Spectacular Dance/Drill Team Competition, which was held Saturday, Feb. 16 in New Caney.

In addition, the team took home the prizes for outstanding choreography, the judge’s award for excellence, best in category for jazz and pom.

The officers, varsity and junior varsity teams were all named the competition’s sweepstakes award winners. Officers and the junior varsity team were also named best in category for their lyrical performances.

The following weekend, the Stingerettes made their way to the Crowd Pleasers Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Competition at Fossil Ridge.

Again, all three teams were sweepstakes winners while the officers were named first runners-up in the officer novelty category.

The varsity team showed off its stuff and was awarded the best in lyrical and team kick and was named first runner-up in the team judging.

The junior varsity girls were awarded best in class, prop and lyrical competitions and were named second runners-up in the jazz category.

The winning streak continued as the Stingerettes headed to Denton on March 1 to compete in the Danceline North Texas Championship Contest.

The officers again brought home a grand champion prize, were named the best in the lyrical and novelty and took the glory of being the top scoring team.

The varsity girls also scored big with the high scoring routine of the day and high scoring team kick. They took the sweepstakes trophy and were warded best in the kick competition.

The junior varsity team truly shined and was named the high scoring junior varsity team and took home the sweepstakes trophy. They were also named best in jazz and medium team lyrical.

As a whole, the Stingerettes were recognized for outstanding technique and being the most congenial.

Through all three competitions, a number of soloists placed in division one.

Sherrie Evans, who has directed the Stingerettes for 15years, said she is more than impressed with the girl’s performances. “We continue to get better every year,” Evans said. “This year, we have great senior leadership and all of the girls always give their very best.”

The Stingerettes are ready to show off their stuff at the Annual Spring Show. The show will be held Friday, April 4 at the high school gym. The show is free, open to the public and will feature the team’s solos and team routines.

There will be a dinner following the show. Tickets may be purchased from the Stingerettes for $10 per person.