The Rockwall-Heath Highsteppers competed this past weekend (March 18-19) at the American Dance/Drill Team National/International Competition in Denton, TX. They were named International and National Kick Champions and 1st Runner Up National Champions. They also were named National Champions in the Open and Contemporary categories and 1st Runner Up in the Pom category. They received the Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence and won National Academic Champions (with a 3.82 combined GPA) for the second year in a row! Out of all the teams that competed, including teams from Japan, the Highsteppers were named 4th place overall in Best of the Best. The Highstepper Elite Team was named National Champion in the Jazz and Contemporary categories and 1st Runner Up in the Hip Hop Category. They also received the Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence and named 1st Runner Up out of all the Elite teams that competed.
We also had several soloists who competed and received National awards: McKenzie Bryant, Sr. Lieut. – 4th Runner Up, Taylor Transou – Jr. Lieut. – 3rd Runner Up (Tie), Anna Deren – 3rd Runner Up (Tie), Shawnee Gillham, Captain – 2nd Runner Up, and Madison Severn – National Solo Champion! We are so proud of our amazing, talented Highsteppers!
Pictured are (from left to right): Row 1: Jr. Lieut. Brooke Resseguie, Lieut. Soriah Hassanizadeh, 1st Lieut. Audrey Lawrence, Captain Shawnee Gillham, Director Monica Lyon, Assistant Director Anna Blair, Laura Bender, Sr. Lieut. McKenzie Bryant, Lieu. Kaitlyn Peacock, Jr. Lieut. Taylor Transou, Savanna Gear, Mary Beth Deren, Savannah Trembeck. Row 2: Taylor Frisby, Kimberly Valera, Emma Young, Kaitlyn Birdsong, Crystal Vo, Juntra Chanthavisay, Kaelyn Hurley, Chloe Grabenhorst, Brittany Dickison, Tatum Purdue, Kelsey Dvorak, Abby Scott, Victoria Steele, Natalie Jecmenek, Tristan Withrow, Ashlynn Smith, Kaitlyn Strother, Molly Mosby, Elizabeth Carranza, Maggie Weatherman. Row 3: Lexi Shields, Jessica Le, Emily McNutt, Crystal Aguirre, Sarah Chan, Dara Chanthavisay, Jessica Blundell, McKenzee Yang, Kate Dunbar, Mallory Mee, Sage Buchanan, Emma Grabenhorst, Mikayla Armstrong, Madison Severn, Anna Deren, Rachel Skelton. Row 4: Karina Wooten, Sarah Sealey, Sydney Turbeville, Emma Judd, Paige Rogers, Daniela Ramirez, McKinlee Reynolds, Karisa Baumgarten, Melanie Lopez, Kaitlyn Fisher, Jill Fisk, Rio Boswell, Mallory Goucher, Patricia Waldeier, Sara Regian, Audrey Maxson, Brooke Hamlett, Brittney Hubbard, Hannah Luff, Madeline Dunton, Yeinsleen Uc.