Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
DENTON, TEXAS —
The Strutters attended the American Dance National competition this past weekend at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The officers earned second runner-up overall in medium team category.
They won National Champions in novelty and first runner-up in open and modern. They also won Gussie Nell Davis Award and the Best of the Best Award.
Officers are Captain Nicole Encalade, lst Lieutenant Karli Anderson, Lieutenant Kaitlyn Ezell, Lieutenant Madison Woodruff, and Lieutenant Sydney Shepherd.
The Strutter competition team won first runner-up National Champions overall in medium team category. They won National Champion award in prop and first runner-up in novelty, kick, open, and pom. They also won National Academic Champions runner-up, Gussie Nell Davis Excellence Award, and the Best of the Best Award. The Strutters placed ninth out of 42 public school teams (all divisions) and several senior private studio teams.
Sydney Shepherd won Senior National Champion Kick Company.
Nicole Encalade, Karli Anderson, Madison Woodruff, Katie Nation, and Ciara Cooper earned National Champion Kick Company Semi-Finalists. Freshman Kristen Young won Junior National Champion Kick Company.
Competition team Strutters are Nicole Encalade, Karli Anderson, Kaitlyn Ezell, Madison Woodruff, Sydney Shepherd, Devon Skidmore, Caylee Champagne, Samantha Morphew, Katie Nation, Sarah Norville, Alexandra Biggs, Ciara Cooper, Aubrey Hale, Madison Lyons, Victoria Gauthier, Hailey Ashworth, Rachel Hecker, Kristen Young, Maura Terrell, and Hannah Carruth.
“I am so proud of this team – amazing work ethics!” said Strutters Director Cathy Riley.