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Friday, May 23, 2014
LHS Majorettes Win Regionals, Advance to State
Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD
The Lancaster IB & STEM High School Majorettes received a Division 1 rating in both solo and group routine categories during the 2014 UIL Regional Twirling Competition held at Coppell High School.
The students will advance to compete at the UIL State Competition on Monday, May 26 at the University of Texas at Austin.
"I’m so very excited that this year’s team has picked up the baton (no pun intended) that last year’s 2012-2013 team had started with the invitation to advance to state," Sponsor Karen O’Neil said.
This is O’Neil’s second year to lead this program and she said that the girls have been preparing for the state competition even before they knew they had made it.
"We start very early with preparation even before we reach state level," O’Neil said. "We practiced about 6-8 hours a week for about two months. About a week before State UIL, I have former twirlers and twirl coaches come by to critique and evaluate."
O’Neil said that these types of competitions are extremely important.
"It’s important to promote school pride and team spirit. In addition, such competitions help to improve self-confidence for each girl, exposes the team to see and meet other twirl teams in the state and creates a little friendly competitive spirit," O’Neil said. "But mainly it lets them know that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything."
The medal-winning majorettes who will advance to the State UIL competition are as follows:
In addition, LHS also has four band students who advanced to state and will compete on Monday:
The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.