The Little Cypress Junior High Golden Dazzler Dance Team attended the American Dance/Drill Team camp in Galveston earlier this summer and reports great success, especially since the organization is about to begin only their second official year as a school group. Among the many teams attending they were the only junior high in attendance and so competed among high school teams.

The first day of camp, the Golden Dazzlers received the Gussie Nell Davis Team of the Day award for their improvement, unity and hard work and also won a Division 1 rating for their Home Routine. This rating, plus First Division ratings for their final evaluations of the high kick field and jazz routines earned the group the Super Sweepstakes Award.

The team also received many individual ribbon awards. Teal Specialty Ribbons, for attitude, enthusiasm or extra effort, went to Dajha Myles, Ashley Umbenhaur and Bailey Bouley. Sydney Peet received two Teal Ribbons.

Red All-American Nominee Ribbons, for outstanding achievement in dance technique and quick learning skills, went to seventh graders Caylee Aleman, Abbey Gray, Dayla Hulsey, Kayla Lingo, Sydney Peet, Karly Ray, Shelby Smith and Ashley Umbenhaur, and eighth graders Bailey Bouley, Harli Foreman, McKenzie Guillory, Dajha Myles and Daisy Sutton.

Harli Foreman was named Junior All-American for ninth grade and under. This honor included a medal and certificate, as well as invitations to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City and the Capital One Bowl half time performance in Orlando, Florida.

McKenzie Guillory received a Pink Ribbon, for exceptional achievement in dance, and Harli Foreman and Daisy Sutton received two Pink Ribbons.

Harli Foreman won the Outstanding Performance Award trophy for dance technique, attitude, leadership and overall excellence.

Simone Smith is the sponsor and coach of the Golden Dazzlers.


Pictured from left to right, back row are Shelby Smith, Daisy Sutton, McKenzie Guillory, Director Simone Smith, Dayla Hulsey, Abbey Gray, Gia Montoya and Karly Ray. Front row from left are Kayla Lingo, Caylee Aleman, Captain Harli Foreman, Co-captain Dajha Myles, Ashley Umbenhaur, Sydney Peet and Bailey Bouley (not pictured Haley Votava)