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Beamer dance team state champion again

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Todd Beamer High School dance team is 2-for-2.

The Titans won their second consecutive Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Class 4A State Dance and Drill Championship last weekend at the Sun Dome in Yakima. Beamer earned the first-place trophy in the hip-hop dance category.

“I have the most amazing group of high school students I could have asked for,” said first-year coach Joel Lindberg. “Not only are they very committed to dance, they are such a fun group to be around. It has been a great year for me and I’m so proud of all that the team has accomplished.”

The Titans beat out a group of 17 schools to win the hip-hop championship — the school’s second in a row in that category.

“The team’s teary reaction could explain the amount of emotion each dancer put into the work this year,” Lindberg said about the award ceremony in Yakima.

The two-day competition was held March 19 and included a total of 71 performances by high school teams, which took a total of eight and a half hours to complete. The championships featured competition in six categories, including hip-hop, dance, drill, pom, kick and color guard/prop/production.

“The team has been working hard all year,” Lindberg said. “We put in a little extra time the few weeks before state, but they have been a dedicated and hard-working team all year starting last summer. Most of them take dance classes outside of school on top of what we do on the team.”

The Beamer dance team includes Brooke Summerfield (captain), Jenny Park (captain), Samantha Easley (lieutenant), Sharde Bullard, Emily Elkington, Debbie Goff, McKenzie Goff, Alex Herndon, Jenny Kang, Ciera Madden, Nikki Metzler, Robin Middleton, Alex Rao, Kelsey Sparks, Eddie Washington and Jennifer Yoo.

The Federal Way High School E-Gals dance team finished second behind Beamer in the hip-hop category, earning a superior rating. Pasco was third.

Federal Way’s team includes Stacy Barrow, Brittany Bjork (captain), Jessie Cheon, Kimmy Chi, Emily Choe, Ellen Hunter, Laura Johnson, Hannah McKenna, Lindsay Nadrich, Amanda Nelson, Rochelle Razor, Jackie Javier, Lisa Shelby, Moriah Siens, Justine Spallino, Jenna Summerfield (lieutenant), Lindsey Turner (captain), Jenna Warren (lieutenant), Brianne Weems, Angela Westmoreland, Ebony Williamson, coach Pat Adkins and assistant coach Cindy Mazzeo.

The E-Gals also earned superior honors in the dance category. Decatur earned a superior rating in the drill team category.

Thomas Jefferson earned a pair of excellent ratings, one step below superior, in the kick and color guard/prop/production categories at the state championships.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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