Local drill team wins national championship

Stacey Spivey
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:29pm

The Whitehouse First Ladies drill team competed brought home a national title. They dominated the American Dance Drill Team National Championships in Denton, Texas. The 34 girls competed against high school dance teams from all over the world, including Japan and South Africa. The First Ladies showed off their skills in categories like modern, contemporary, and prop dance.

It has been a lifelong dream of Amanda Asad, drill team captain and high school senior, to win a national title. She has been dancing since the first grade, and wanted this ever since. "It is really intimidating going in dancing on that floor and then again its so much fun doing it with a group of girls that you love and you've danced with the 3 or 4 years you've been in high school is really fun," said Asad. After competing as a team, and with the other officers, Amanda and her team anxiously awaited the results. "We were all holding hands and really excited and they were calling out the runner ups and then they called our name and we were so excited, I cant explain my feeling whenever they called our name," said Asad.

The countless hours in the studio, football game performances, and early morning practices had finally paid off. This is their coach's second title. Kayla Norman has been the Whitehouse Drill Team director for five years, but she's never been more proud of a team. "They did extremely well, I'm so proud of these girls, and all of their hard work, and dedication, and discipline," said Norman.

She said its not just their dancing that makes them a stand out team, and "the community definitely looks to them as a group or organization that holds themselves to higher standards, and I hold them to higher standards." Those high standards in dance and out of dance have led them to achieve another national title. The team also won the Academic National Championship with an overall GPA of 3.6.

Even though Asad is a true dancing queen now with a couple of national titles under her belt, she says its the friendships she has made, that she'll never forget. "We share more than the love for dance, and even though I'm graduating this year, along with a lot of other girls, I'll always have friendships for a lifetime with these girls," said Asad.

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