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Dragonettes Qualify for State Drill Team Competition

The Dragonettes continue to find success as they dance their way across southeastern Idaho’s competitions.  Most recently, the Malad Drill Team competed in the state qualifying District V competition at Century High School on Friday, February 2.

The competition features teams from both 2A and 3A schools as there are not enough 2A schools with dance programs.  Malad’s team presented four routines for the judges that they had been working to perfect over the last several months in the Hip Hop, Kick, Military and Dance categories.  Throughout the course of the day, the Lady Dragonettes secured the runner up placing, coming in second place with all of their routines, just a few short points behind American Falls. 

Placing in each of their dance categories, the team has qualified for the Idaho State Dance Championship Saturday, February 23 in Boise.  The team is using the next few weeks before the competition to add a little polish and extra finesse to their routines in hopes of bringing home a little hardwear.

At the final basketball game of the season, the three graduating senior Dragonettes were presented.  First was Alexus Tarbet, the granddaughter of Frank and Donna Madsen. She plans on attending ISU after high school majoring in pharmacy. She would like to thank her grandparents and family for supporting her through endless performances and competitions. She thanks her many coaches for their guidance the past four years and for making her a stronger dancer and person. Finally, she thanks the teammates who have been by her side since she was a freshman, and the girls this year for making all the early morning practices worth it. 

Charli, daughter of James and Angie Briscoe, plans to live in Alaska for the summer after she graduates to work as a photographer and hostess at a small fishing resort. Later she will be serving a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. When she returns she plans to attend school at BYUI to major in psychology and counseling. She has loved her experience dancing on the drill team and wants to thank her coaches, parents, and teammates for supporting her.

Sadie, daughter of Chris Jensen and Nicole Jensen, plans  to attend ISU for college. Sadie’s favorite memory of being on drill team was beating American Falls at state last year. She would like to thank her coaches and teammates for dealing with her at all the 5:30 am practices and always believing in her.

Speaking about their team and season, Head Coach Wendy Owens shared, “We have had a great year. We had 6 returners and 7 rookies this year. I have loved to see the improvement come as the year has gone on. I am super proud of my three seniors.  They have been great leaders and teachers and we will miss them. 

“As our season is coming to end I would like to thank the amazing women, Kelsey Owens and endy Hess, who help me make the hard decisions and have as much love for the girls as I do. We believe in them and want them to come out of this experience as better humans.” 

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