Beamer dancers win school's first title

Mirror staff

The Todd Beamer High School Dance Team won the school’s first state championship last weekend.

The Titans won the 2004 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hip-Hop Dance state title March 19 at Yakima’s SunDome. Beamer outdistanced second-place Gig Harbor for the Class 4A crown. Nine teams competed in the hip-hop category.

The state championships featured competition in five different dance/drill categories — hip hop, drill, dance, kick and pom.

The title completes an impressive first year for Beamer, who are coached by Julianne Davies. The Titans won first-place trophies at competitions at Kentridge, Tahoma and Thomas Jefferson. Beamer placed third at the Seattle Sonics Invitational — which earned them an invite to perform at halftime of a Sonics game — and placed ninth in their preliminary hip-hop division at a national competition in Orlando, Fla.

Team members include, Jenna Summerfield, Kirsten McMurphy, Jenny Park, Sarde Bullard, Samantha Easley, Debbie Goff, Alexandra Herndon, Kimberly Mayovsky, Kelsey Sparks, Brooke Summerfield and Eddie Washington.

The Federal Way High School E-gals dance team also went to Yakima for the state competition.

The E-gals performed in the dance category and posted a school-record score, giving Federal Way fourth place in the dance category. Team members include Sera Hur, Liz Evans, Brittany Bjork, Lindsey Turner, Kellie Iranon, Christine Kim, Hannah Park, Meagan Peterson, Briana Riordan, Ashley Williams, Stacy Barrow, Laura Johnson, Lindsay Nadrich, Hannah McKenna, Lisa Shelby, Angela Westmoreland, Jessica Cha, Jessie Cheon, Emily Choe, Ellen Hunter, Melissa Johnson, Moriah Siens, Justine Spallino, Jenna Warren and Brianne Weems.

They are coached by Pat Adkins and Cindy Mazzeo. The 25-member team maintains a 3.5 overall grade-point average.

The Decatur drill team placed fifth overall and Jefferson received excellent ratings in dance, hip hop and kick competitions.

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