On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the MMHS Ellevés competed in the State 4A Semi Finals Drill Team Competition held at UVU. The format for state drill was new this year and teams were placed in “pods” of four based on their placement from region competition. Two teams from each pod advanced to the finals. The Ellevés were one of the two teams who advanced to the finals from their pod.
Three Ellevés were named to the 4A All-State Dance Team—Madi Ellis, daughter of Thad Ellis and Christie Ellis; Makenna Ellis, daughter of Thad Ellis and Christie Ellis; and Emily Kessinger, daughter of Brian and Jana Kessinger. Each 4A team sent three girls to learn a routine that they auditioned in front of judges and then 20 girls were selected as the 4A All-State Dance Team. At the State Semi Finals, each member of the All-State Team performed a self-choreographed 8 count routine and was given certificates.
On Saturday, February 6, 2016, the Ellevés competed in the finals and placed 4th in the military category, 4th in the dance category, and 4th in the character category. Overall Maple Mountain placed 4th. There were nine 4A schools competing.
In the drill down competition, Emily Kessinger won 2nd place and Jessie Abbott won 3rd place. Another Ellevé, Talia Call, was awarded the UDDA Drill Team Scholarship.
The Ellevés would like to thank all of the students, parents, administration, and fans who came to State. We really appreciate all of your support this year!