Grizzliettes are ready for the school year after a successful summer
The Lassen High School drill team attended a United Spirit Association camp at Sacramento State from July 6 to July 9. This year’s team includes Jen Paez, back left, Miyjalyn Cauton, Aricka Pettengill, Makinzie Wheeler, Megan Rawson, Jodi Vicondoa, Jessica Nobles, Katie Turner, Rachel McCoy, McKenzie Jones, Morgan Raschein, Kylie Boucher, middle left, Heather McCoy, Megan Robbins, Morgan Arnold, Haley DelCarlo, Kaite Wallace, Gracie McCoy, Breanna Painter, Jordan Clark, Kyla Bosse, captains Kennedy Ford, front left, Ivanna Rose and Megan Pentridge. Photo submitted
Aug. 28 — The Lassen High School drill team has been busy over the summer and is now using the first few weeks of school to prepare for football season, as well as training to compete in this year’s regional competition.
The team, known as the Grizzliettes, held tryouts in May and will have 26 girls on the squad this year, about 12 of who are new members. The team’s captains are seniors Ivanna Rose and Megan Pentridge and junior Kennedy Ford.
The team only had about a week off after the school year ended before they began practicing to go to a United Spirit Association camp at Sacramento State. The Grizzliettes attended camp from Saturday, July 6 to Tuesday, July 9 and came away with several awards.
According to Grizzliettes coach Shelley Bennett, there were approximately 200 people at the camp and most of them were from schools in the Sacramento area.
During the camp, the Grizzliettes learned a camp dance, which was taught to all teams in attendance, and then were given the opportunity to learn three more routines in various style categories. The Grizzliettes were broken up in the three teams to learn different routines and all evaluated on their performance. The camp instructors picked two or three girls in their class who excelled and gave them a super sensational award. In team A, Ford, Breanna Painter and Gracie McCoy were awarded super sensational. Rose and Pentridge were recognized for being super sensational in team B and Katie Wallace, Jordan Clark, Kylie Boucher and Morgan Raschein were super sensational in team C.
“It was nice because we had a few of our new members be able to get that award,” Bennett said.
On the last day of the camp, a big awards ceremony was held where all the girls who were awarded super sensational ribbons got to compete by doing the camp dance for judges. The winners, named All-American, then advanced to the final competition. Ford, Rose and McCoy were all named All-American. Ford and McCoy made it to the top 10 in the final competition.
“It was great to for us to have two girls in that top 10,” Bennett said.
As a team, the Grizzliettes won the award for most improved and got the highest rating possible, a superior rating, when judged on their performance of the camp dance, as well as a dance they choreographed prior to camp. Their superior ratings earned them an invitation to perform at this year’s Pro Bowl.
However, camp wasn’t all about competition. The team spent the week doing team-building activities and bonding.
“We get to know each other a lot. It’s a lot of bonding put on by the camp, but also together. We have a door decorating contest and the captains and I get little presents for them everyday and put them out in front of their doors,” said Bennett.
The Grizzliettes got a short break after returning from camp and began practicing a few weeks ago to prepare for the upcoming season. Their first performance was at the Lassen High Grizz Feed on Friday, Aug. 23.
In addition to practicing for performances in front of their local crowd, the Grizzliettes are hard at work preparing for this year’s regional competition with the hope of making it to nationals.
“We’re trying to get to nationals this year, so we’re working earlier on our competition routine and hoping that we can make enough money and do well enough at our regional competition to get to nationals.”
The team will be holding a dance camp in September or October to raise money for competitions. The camp will be for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Campers will spend a day working with the Grizzliettes, learning a dance routine that they will perform at a Lassen High School football game.