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The Eagle Lightning Dance Team Ends their Season with a Bang

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The Eagle Lightning Dance Team competed in the state tournament on Feb. 17. They came up just short placing second to Owyhee High.

This year, the Eagle High Lightning Dance Team accomplished an impressive achievement by qualifying for the State competition. These talented girls poured their hearts into their performances, showcasing their skills and passion on the stage at the Idaho Ford Center in Nampa. 

“We got into competition mode when we got there,” said sophomore Chloe Janson. “We work harder than people see; all of our morning practices and eight-hour practices paid off.” 

The twenty girls in the team and their coaches went to State on Feb. 23 and ended up placing in all four categories. Overall, they placed second in the state.   

“My favorite part about going to state is dancing on that state floor; we spend all year preparing for that one moment and there is no feeling like it,” said senior Lily Shipp. “ I love the competitiveness that comes with it and going out there as a team showing the judges and everyone who we are and that we have worked so hard.” 

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They really enjoyed experiencing a strong sense of unity as a team and had a fantastic time watching performances by other schools.  

“All of our dances ended up being better than the Districts,” Janson said. “I also really loved seeing my friends from other schools, practicing in the locker-room and leaving everything on the floor,”  

Their coaches Keana Lithander, Morgan Swan, Daidree Grange and Jordyn Majors have supported them since the beginning of the year and are the ones that contribute to the growth of the whole team.  

“Our coaches are the ones who push us to really be the best we can, they know we can push harder and that’s what gets us through those long hours of practices,” Shipp said. “We have so many funny memories with them but know when it’s time to focus and get the job done.” 

On top of having a great time, the girls left a positive impression of the school, evident from the numerous compliments they received. These shared experiences will be treasured and remembered by them as well as everything they have learned. 

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Valerie Chaves, Reporter Team Leader
Hi! My name is Valerie Chaves, I am a senior at Eagle High, and this is my second year on staff with the Stampede Newspaper. This year I am the lead of the Reporter team, and I couldn’t be more excited! I love singing, playing the guitar and reading, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am so excited for this year and all the memories we’ll make.
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