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ELC Drill Team garners Division I rating – State championships held Friday and Saturday

By Staff | Dec 6, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–It’s a winning tradition.

This year was no different then any of the past award-winning seasons in recent school history when the Estherville Lincoln Central Drill Team competed in the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The dancers’ pom routine netted them a Division I rating, the highest possible. The championships were held at Veterans Auditorium and HyVee Hall in Des Moines.

“There were 11 other schools in our class,” said Sandy Fandel. She and Kayla Helget are team coaches.

Algona and Clear Lake were in the class as well.

ELC garnered a score between 60 and 70 points to receive the Division I rating.

“The team received a plaque for placement and qualified for the Academic Award of Excellence award. The team received another plaque and each dancer was presented with a certificate for their high cumulative grade point average which is between 3.0-3.49,” Fandel said.

Judging and scoring is based on:

n Appearance.

n Choreography.

n Execution.

n Technique.

n Showmanship.

A total of 275 high school teams participated in the event. Fifteen teams from colleges also took part. The combined total performed 520 routines during the two-day contest.

“The girls constantly amaze us as they juggle their academic load and individual lives as they generously devote hours and hours to practice. They have worked very hard; Kayla and I are extremely pleased with the Division I rating and academic award of excellence,” Fandel commented.

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