All-American Chieftain Stars head to Texas
Saddle up, Chieftain Stars.
Members of this year's THS dance team will be heading to Camp Buckner, about an hour and a half southwest of Austin, Texas, to participate in the Hill Country Extravaganza on April 21-24.
Juniors Jenna Bradley, Melisa Augirre, Lacey Sturgis and Paula Prosser, and sophomore Amie Riddle were named all-Americans at dance camps they attended during the last few months. The recognition qualified them to participate at the camp. The group also will perform a routine at the Texas state capitol in Austin. While there, the girls will sightsee throughout the city as well.
Augirre, Sturgis and Prosser all were named all-Americans during a clinic last December at Olathe East High School. Riddle and Bradley were named all-Americans at a summer camp in Emporia.
The girls will learn a routine while at Camp Buckner that they will perform at the statehouse. They also will perform one of their own routines that they choreographed themselves. If the routine is chosen as the top dance at Camp Buckner, the group also will perform that at the statehouse.
To fund the trip, team members have been asking local businesses for donations.
Stars dance coach Jenna Delay and Tonganoxie Elementary teacher Kathy Riddle will accompany the all-Americans to the Lone Star State.
The Texas trip caps off what's been a busy stretch for the Chieftain Stars.
A few weeks ago, the team performed at a Kansas City Comets indoor soccer game at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. And on Saturday, the team had its annual spring show in the THS gymnasium.
Joining the all-Americans on this year's squad were: senior Lindsey Starcher, juniors Staci Andrews, Rachel Bouza, Elizabeth Higbee, Amanda Lenon, sophomores Brittany Harbour, Holly Heintzelman, Crystal Jordan and Brittney Pendleton.