The Carthage Royal Tigerettes dance team celebrated its 2011-2012 season at the team banquet Sunday at Carthage High School. The team received a variety of awards and honors throughout their season.
In June the team attended a Universal Dance Association summer camp at University of Tulsa. The team was awarded a “blue ribbon” Superior Rating on their home routine and then an Over-all Superior Trophy for their individual performances during the camp.
February 4 the team performed at a regional competition, the Sugar Bear Invitational, at Missouri State University in Springfield. The team was awarded 2nd place in the 3A/4A Mix category and 3rd Place in the 3A/4A Dance category. Three Carthage dancers also received individual honors, placing in the “Top 15” of the solo competition. Holly Powell earned first, Katie Griffiths finished ninth and Anne Flanigan finished 11th.
The team recently returned from competing at the Missouri State High School Dance Team Championships on February 25 in Lee’s Summit. The team received fifth place in the 3A Dance category. Flanigan and Hallie Pittman were named to the Academic All-State Team.
Individual awards for the season were given out at the team banquet. “Rookie of the Year” went to Griffiths and Abbey Catron; “Most Improved” went to Margaret Mouton and Olivia Jones; Devinn Weldy and Pittman earned the “Miss High Kick” award; “Tiger Spirit” went to Emily Vanlanduit and Flanigan; “Miss Dance ‘till She Drops” recipients were Ashley Hijoe and Kelsey Frost; and “Most Valuable Dancer” went to Sarah Evans and Powell.
The 2011-2012 Royal Tigerettes dance team members include: Anne Flanigan, Abbey Catron, Ashley Hijoe (Co-Captain,) Dani Myers, Demi Chandler, Desarae Lown, Devinn Weldy, Emily Vanlanduit, Emmalee Smith, Fharryn Terry, Hallie Pittman (Co-Captain,) Hannah Yust, Holly Powell, Jordyn Gier, Katie Griffiths, Kelsey Frost, Margaret Mouton, Mercedes Murrray, Olivia Jones (Captain,) Sarah Evans, Summer Creech.
Members of the basketball/competition squad include: Anne Flanigan, Abbey Catron, Hallie Pittman, Holly Powell, Jordyn Gier, Katie Griffiths, Kelsey Frost, Olivia Jones, Sarah Evans.
The dance team is coached by Melanie Friesen.
There will be an informational meeting for those interested in trying out for the 2012-2013 dance team at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Carthage High School. Try-outs will be held the following week Apri 9-13.