Ellevés Take 2nd at State 4A Drill Competition

Submitted by tyler.lewis on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:19

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the MMHS Ellevés competed in the State 4A Drill Team Competition held at UVU.  The Ellevés placed 2nd in the military category, 2nd in the dance category, and 3rd in the character category.  Overall, Maple Mountain placed 2nd.  There were seventeen 4A schools competing.  This is the first time MMHS Ellevés have taken 2nd overall at State.

Bryn Starkey, daughter of Julie and Chris Starkey, and Jamie Topham, daughter of Michelle and Greg Topham, were named to the Academic All-State Team.  Each 4A school could nominate seniors on their team with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.  Only ten seniors are named to this team.  The combined average of this year’s 4A Academic All-State Team was 3.994. 

Three Ellevés were also named to the 4A All-State Dance Team—Madeline Froerer, daughter of Heather and Fritz Froerer; Laney Melton, daughter of Tanya and Aaron Melton; and Jamie Topham, daughter of Michelle and Greg Topham.  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 State, each member of the All-State Team performed a self-choreographed 8 count routine and was given certificates.

In the 4A Drill Down competition, Laney Melton won first place. 

The Utah Dance Drill Association awards two drill team scholarships to two 4A drill team members.  The winners are selected based on an essay that each applicant submitted.  Emily Peery was one of the scholarship winners for 4A. 

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 by Molly Brenchley.