State Drill was on Friday, January 31, 2014. It is always a day full of stress, fun, relief, but yet sad that another competition year is over, but yet excited to get started on another year. Sometimes I want to start right then--give me my new team and let me start working!
I felt we had really good chances to go all the way this year. Our routines were doing well at all of the invitationals and our team was really, really prepared for State! A lot of other teams were rooting for us to win as well!
Some of the Ellevés on the bus to State!
Lauralyn Kofford, bottom right, was our military choreographer. She had traveled to Japan and some of the moves she had put in our military routine were from a routine she had seen in Japan. The girl next to her in this pic was who had choreographed some of the moves in our routine. Lauralyn had the team come and meet her just before the State competition began.
Me, Marci, Markelle joined in this pic.
The routines were looking good. The competition was going to be tight. Here are the girls saying individual prayers before they compete in the dance category.
The drill down competition - always something a lot of the Ellevés look forward to. We practice drill downs in practice, so some of my girls get really good at it. It got very intense this year and it was down to two Bountiful girls and one Maple Mountain girl - Laney Melton.
Laney ended up wining 1st place overall!
1st place in 4A drill down - Laney Melton
Then the 4A Academic All-State team was announced. Maple Mountain had two girls in the top ten. Their combined GPA was a 3.9.
Bryn Starkey and Jamie Topham were both named to the 4A Academic All-State Team.
Watching the 5A drill down and waiting for the awards!
Announcement time! - not sure what we had just won when this pic was taken. But, we ended up taking 2nd in Military, 2nd in Dance, and 3rd in Character.
The team was happy, but 1st had been our goal.
Then they announced the overall winners -
Maple Mountain took 2nd overall! This was the best we have ever done and our school is only five years old!
We finally won a State trophy from the UHSAA!
Emily Peery won one of the 4A UDDA Drill Team Scholarships. This is based on an essay she wrote. So proud of her and happy for her!So much to be happy about - yes, 1st place would have been better, but 2nd in State is great too!
Also many individual accomplishments to be happy about too - Laney taking 1st in Drill Down!
Three Ellevés making the All-State Dance Team - Laney Melton, Jamie Topham, and Madeline Froerer
Two Academic All-State Drill - Jamie Topham & Bryn Starkey.
These seniors have been with me for three years - Jamie, Laney, Madeline, Brynn, Emily, and Bryn. I will miss having them on the team! All of them have been so great to work with!
2nd in State!
Afterwards, the MMHS administration always takes the team out to dinner at Brick Oven. It was a fun/crazy time! I thought maybe the team would be tired or unhappy that we didn't get 1st. But, no, they were a little bit hyper and had a great time.
Not sure what was happening here - something about her hair--maybe that she needed to shower and wash it--they all needed to! :)
Happy times - thank you MMHS for a fun dinner!
Well, another competition year was over. It had been an incredible ride! I'm so proud of all that this team accomplished! So much talent on this team. So much talent in this state! It will be fun to see what next year brings! I'm already working on it!