Eaton Sapphires drill team earns top honors at recent state Danceline USA contest
Eaton Sapphires drill team earns top honors at recent state Danceline USA contest
Posted on 03/01/2019
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The Eaton Sapphires celebrate after the recent Danceline USA state contest

Eaton High School’s Sapphires drill team recently competed in the Danceline USA Classic State Championship on Saturday, Feb. 23, earning dozens of honors for their routine.

As a team, the group earned first place overall in the Ring of Champions competition, and they were named Extra Large Team Grand Champion for their performance. Judges also provided 11 other team-centered awards to the Sapphires.

The team’s officers earned six awards as a group, including the Extra Large Officer Grand Champion honor. On the individual front, eight Sapphires earned awards in soloist, grade-level and technique categories.

A full list of awards earned can be seen below.

Individual Awards

  • Soloist, 9th to 10th grade: First place, Juli Zeske; second place, Arianna Morales; third place, Avery Harris
  • Soloist, 11th to 12th grade: First place, Darian Foley (named Miss Danceline USA); top-10, Shyanne Prevett

Technique Awards

  • Kick technique: First place, Darian Foley; top-five, Ella Jackson; top-five, Lily Isham
  • Leap technique: Third place, Darian Foley

Officer Awards

  • Platinum sweepstakes (95 or better on all routines)
  • Officer jazz winner
  • Officer lyrical winner
  • High gold award, officer lyrical (top-scoring routine of the day)
  • Extra large officer Grand Champion

Team Awards

  • Platinum sweepstakes (95 or better on all routines)
  • Team jazz winner
  • Team open winner
  • Team kick winner
  • Team production winner
  • Highest score of entire contest, team jazz
  • Highest score of entire contest, team kick
  • Highest score of entire contest, team open
  • Judges’ outstanding presentation (costumes, choreography and concept), team production
  • Judges’ outstanding choreography, team open
  • High gold award, team jazz (top-scoring routine of the day)
  • Extra large team grand champion
  • Ring of Champions, first place overall