The Bridge City Strutters’ competition shirts say it all – "We’re Kind of a Big Deal" – and big deal they are after earning the title of Team National Champions in the medium team category. The Strutters earned the title after competing in five team numbers and winning National Champions in three of those numbers. This is a first for the Strutters and they could not be more pleased; a lot of hard work and dedication went into this year and the girls’ efforts have paid off with outstanding results.
The Strutters competed in the American Dance/Drill Team National/ International Competition this weekend held in Denton, at the University of North Texas. They earned National Champion title in the categories of prop, kick and novelty and were 1st. runner-up in the jazz category. They also performed in the Open routine category.
In the International Competition, earning a ranking of 5th out of 25 teams, they were named International Champions in the categories of Kick and Novelty, while receiving 2nd runner up in prop.
In the medium team category, the officers earned 2nd runner up competing in three areas. They were awarded 1sp runner up in jazz, 2nd runner up in novelty and 2nd runner up in the lyrical category.
By scoring higher than 90 in each of three or more categories the Strutters also won the Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence. They also earned 1st place ranking in Curtain Call Academic Champions award with a grade point average of 3.57.
Sarah English was named National Miss High Kick with Klacie Norris as the 1st runner up. Jordyn Ewing was named National JV Miss High Kick. These young ladies were chosen as kick finalists from camps or contests prior to National competition. More than 150 kick finalists tried out for National Miss High Kick. Allison Fitts and Katelyn Norman were both awarded Solo Finalist-3rd Runner Up-Medium Category, while Sara English was awarded 6th place. Caitlin Villanoueva and Katelyn Broussard were awarded Duet Finalist-2nd place in medium category.
Cathy Riley was awarded Director Award of Excellence. This award is given to only two directors at the competition with over 120 directors present. This is a big honor for Mrs. Riley who was in total shock as she accepted her award. The girls could not have been more proud of their director as she was recognized as one of the best.
The competition team consists of Captain Hannah Dunahoe, 1st. Lt. Allison Fitts, Lt. Caitlin Villanoueve, Lt. Sarah English, Lt. Klacie Norris, Katelyn Broussard, Carissa Saenz, Marla Carter, Lacey Serrette, Tara Townes, Emily GInn, Gretchen Hollier, Katelyn Norman, Alyson Smith, Meghan Smith, Mallory Wappler, Jordyn Ewing, and Allison Morphew. Director is Cathy Riley and Assistant Director is Jane Busby.