Well, one of the big days was here, Region Drill Competition. We were excited, ready, and nervous! We headed over to Springville High School at about 1:45 p.m. that day for our practice time. When we arrived, the Springville drill team had left us a good luck treat on the floor.
Here's our good luck treat from Springville.
The team with their treat!
We practiced and then went and had dinner that the school provided for us and the moms put together and delivered to us. It was yummy! I'm so glad to have supportive parents that help out when we need it!
We headed back to our dressing room to get ready for the competition. We needed to braid our hair and get our makeup on etc.
Braiding hair -
Fake eyelashes and makeup!
I asked Coach Hall to come and do some visualization with the team.
Visualizing perfect performances!
The night went well! I was a little worried about our military, we had a few small "bobbles". But, hopefully it wouldn't be enough to matter. I felt like our routine was solid as far as choreography goes. We always received 20/20 on the routine score.
Dance went really well! Then it came time for Kick. The sound system wouldn't read the disk! The girls sat there in their starting position for what seemed like FOREVER! It was probably at least a minute, but the sound technician had to finally get his laptop out and then it read our disk! Funny thing was, that during our practice time, it read the disk with no problem. Weird, but we still pulled our routine off fine!
When it came time for awards, I felt like things were going to be ok. I always go with what I call my gut feeling. And my gut feeling was that we had it!
So, sure enough, they started announcing the awards and with military, 3rd was Springville, 2nd was Salem, so I knew it, we had it--1st place, Maple Mountain! Yeah! It felt so good! I don't know why, I think it was because of last year! It was sweet redemption! I was able to feel it two more times--we won 1st in Dance and 1st in Kick! So I knew it, we would be REGION CHAMPIONS! We had swept it! Redemption, sweet redemption!
One of my team moms had this picture done for us--I love it!
Lindsey Bagley, one of my seniors, was chosen as our "Hero" award!
Melissa Durtschi, Lindsey Bagley, Shalee Hiskey - All Region Team
Lindsey Bagley, Shalee Hiskey, and Catherine Bladh - Academic All-Region Team
Drill down winners - Brittney Peterson, 5th; Jamie Topham 2nd;, and Melissa Durtschi 1st!
The team received these cute cheetah print fleece blankets from the moms! So cute!
They recognized the coaches of each team before the awards.
Here we are with DeAnn Nielson, our assistant principal.
The next day at school, the TV Broadcasting class came in to interview the team. Here we are posing for a picture after they came in to do the interview.
Region Drill was a success! It is such a big relief to have over and even better to have it go so well! It was so worth all of the stress and time! It was especially fun because no one expected anything from this team. We had kept everyone who tried out, they had received bad, rude comments from students that they were not going to be good this year, etc. Anyway, it just goes to show that when a team is committed and they have great attitudes and they work so hard, good things can happen!