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Ankeny Dance and Color Guard Soloists Receive Honors at State

 Ankeny Centennial Color Guard
Color Guard from Ankeny Centennial High School received honors at the 2015 Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Solos Competition.  Left to right: Journey Goering, Lexi Brown, Julia Eastin, Camilla Cox, Sophia Muta, and Gale Trimble. (View Larger)
 
 Ankeny High School Dance Team
Dance team members from Ankeny High School received honors at the 2015 Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Solos Competition.  Left to right: Rachel Gray, Brooke Lilienthal, Kaci Shupe, Courtney Hudson, Natalie Aunspach, and Kaylen Luttenegger.
 
 Ankeny Centennial Dance Team
Dance team members from Ankeny Centennial High School received honors at the 2015 Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Solos Competition.  Left to right: Emily Hou, Taylor Gassmann, Asgton Stephenson, Megan Petersen, and Emilee Petersen.
 
ANKENY, Iowa (November 6, 2015) - Dance members from both Ankeny high schools and color guard from Ankeny Centennial received honors at the 2015 Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Solos Competition October 31-November 1. Nearly 600 dancers competed in six categories based on school size, and more than 70 color guard performers competed in two categories at Newton High School and Berg Middle School.
 
Ankeny Centennial High School color guard soloists Camilla Cox won first place and Julia Eastin placed fifth out of 37 students in the Large School Color Guard class.  In addition, both girls earned a Division I rating.
 
Four other ACHS color guard soloists also received Division I ratings in the Large School Color Guard class including: Lexi Brown, Journey Goering, Sophia Muta, and Gale Trimble.
 
"I am so proud of all these students," said Janelle Hook, ACHS color guard coach. "The solo contest really allowed them to shine as performers. What I love about this event is that the students have such ownership of the end result. They select the music, costumes and flags, and choreograph the entire solo. I enjoy seeing their creativity and professionalism shine through."
 
In the dance portion of the competition, four AHS soloists and one ACHS soloist placed in the top 12.  In the Class VI Soloist division, Kaci Shupe placed second, Courtney Hudson placed sixth, Natalie Aunspach placed eleventh, and Brooke Lilienthal placed twelfth.  All four received Division I ratings.  Kaylen Luttenegger also received a Division I rating.
 
"I am incredibly proud of how our girls competed, each one of them performed their solos beautifully," said Jessica Miller, AHS dance team coach.  "Ankeny High School was also honored to have two of our seniors interview as finalists for the ISDTA Senior Scholarship award.  Brooke and Kaci were two out of thirteen finalists chosen to interview for the award." 
 
In the Class VII Soloist division, Emilee Petersen placed tenth and received a Division I rating.  Also receiving Division I ratings from ACHS were: Megan Petersen, Asgton Stephenson, Taylor Gassmann, and Emily Hou.
 
"Ankeny Centennial Dance Team is honored to have senior member, Asgton Stephenson, selected as a finalist and interview for the ISDTA Senior Scholarship Award.  All of our soloists did a wonderful job.  I am very proud of them all," said Madison Fontana, ACHS dance team coach. "Spending their own time outside of practice perfecting their solo routines and competing is quite an accomplishment."
 
Routines are judged by an expert panel from across the United States. The judges' scores are based on choreography, execution, technique, general effect/showmanship, and appearance. Soloists are awarded Division I, II, or III ratings along with trophy placements for individuals with the highest point totals.