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State champion Bay High Steppers win 5th in a row
By Echo Staff
Jun 28, 2013, 18:27

The Bay High Steppers took home their 5th consecutive win in the Universal Dance Association summer competition. Members include (back row, l-r) Shelby Furr, Alex Spoon, Malori Bourn, Chelsea Frederick, Alexis Hoffman, Tarah Necaise, Chelsea Passantino, and Manager Kirsten Loftin; (middle row, l-r) Alyssa Ragas, Sarah Ladner, Madeleine Aubert, Abrey Strong, Jill Seymour and Alex Walker, (front row, l-r) Gabrielle Ladner, Addie Haas, Madelynn Garza, Madonna Fontenot and Rosie Garland.

The 4-time Mississippi High School Athletics Association State Champion Bay High Steppers Dance Team attended the Universal Dance Association Summer Camp in Panama City Beach, FL on June 11-14. The team earned 1st place in the Home Routine Category for the 5th consecutive year.
Other team and individual awards included a Superior Trophy for Individual Evaluations; the UDA Spirit Stick and the Super Spirit Stick, as well as 1st place in Drill Downs. Freshman Shelby Furr was awarded the Drill Down Queen award.
Seven Bay High School seniors were named UDA All-Americans and have the opportunity to travel and perform in the London New Year's Day Parade. Those seniors were Madeleine Aubert, Chelsea Frederick, Roselea Garland, Alexis Hoffmann, Sarah Ladner, Chelsea Passantino and Alexandra Walker.
In addition, the following Stepper Officers were invited to travel and perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City: Captain, Alexandra Walker, Co-Captain - Chelsea Passantino, and Lieutenants - Chelsea Frederick and Sarah Ladner.
“These young ladies did an amazing job representing Bay High,” said Priscilla Austin, Coach of the BHS Steppers. “ I am looking forward to the upcoming school year with our new team.”
The team was also invited to perform at the Capital One Bowl Game Halftime Show and qualified to participate in the UDA National Dance Team Competition, both to be held in Orlando, FL.
“This team, under Priscilla Austin's leadership, has shown our school what perfect practice, extreme determination, and diligent work can do for any group,” said Dr. Andy Parker, Principal at Bay High School. “They have set the bar for all performance groups, including sports teams, at Bay High, and Ms. Austin is a fantastic example of a GREAT leader and teacher.”
Bay High Stepper members include: Officers: Alex Walker – Captain, Chelsea Passantino - Co Captain, Chelsea Frederick – Lieutenant, Sarah Ladner – Lieutenant; Seniors: Madeleine Aubert, Rosie Garland, Alexis Hoffmann; Juniors: Alex Spoon; Sophomores - Madelynn Garza, Addie Haas, Alyssa Ragas, Abrey Strong; Freshmen - Malori Bourn, Madonna Fontenot, Shelby Furr, Gabrielle Ladner, Tarah Necaise, Jill Seymour; Manager - Kirsten Loftin; Coach - Priscilla Austin; Asst. Coach - Danielle Leblanc; Choreographer - Hope Walley.


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