MMHS Ellevés Take 4th at State 5A Drill Competition

Submitted by tyler.lewis on Mon, 02/07/2022 - 11:48
4th in State 5A Drill
Drill down winners - Rylee Bingham and Bryten Belka
All State Team members - Cheyenne Ortiz, Oaklee Tingey, and Madi Goulding
Cheyenne Ortiz - 5A UDDA Drill Team Scholarship. (Pictured with Molly Brenchley, Coach, Haylie Nelson, Assistant Coach; Kelci Gathercoal, Assistant Coach; and Jessica Ellis, Assistant Coach.

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, the MMHS Ellevés competed in the State 5A Semi Finals Drill Team Competition held at UVU. Teams were placed in “pods” of four based on their RPI ranking. 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. 

On Saturday, February 5, 2022, the Ellevés competed in the finals and placed 4th in the military category, 5th in the dance category, and 4th in the show category. Overall Maple Mountain placed 4th . There were nine 5A schools competing. 

In the 5A Drill Down competition, Rylee Bingham, daughter of Phil and Cami Bingham, won 1st place and Bryten Belka, daughter of Byron and Monica Belka, won 2nd place. 

Three Ellevés were named to the 5A All-State Dance Team—Cheyenne Ortiz, daughter of Ryan and Amy Ortiz; Oaklee Tingey, daughter of RaShel Shepherd and Ty Tingey; and Madi Goulding, daughter of Steven and Tara Goulding. Each 5A team sent three girls to learn a routine that they auditioned in front of judges and then 22 girls were selected as the 5A All-State Dance Team. At the State Finals, each member of the All-State Team performed a short, self-choreographed routine and was given a medal. 

Cheyenne Ortiz was also awarded the 5A UDDA Drill Team Scholarship. This award is based on an essay she wrote and submitted. 

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!

Story and photos b Molly Brenchley.