On Saturday, February 3, at Utah Valley University in Orem, the Kanab High School drill team competed against seven other 2A schools for the championship title.

After a few scoring setbacks early on in the drill season, the Larriettes came back from Christmas break with a renewed determination, making many needed changes to routines, including a complete overhaul of their character routine. They increased their already rigorous practice schedule, often practicing twice a day.

Consequently, their perseverance paid off, as the routines peaked at the perfect time. They earned first place in Dance category, fourth place in Character, and fifth in Military, with a third place overall. The first place in Dance is a huge success! This is something that hasn’t been accomplished by the KHS drill team in many years. Being the best in a difficult category like Dance is an amazing feat.

Coaches Shellie Stewart, Emily Koelliker and Mikkel Glazier couldn’t be prouder. This is a special group of girls this year. Drill team is a sport that definitely takes teamwork. A couple talented dancers can’t win alone. It takes years of dance training, combined with each team member dancing her heart out, in order to win over the judges. Saturday, their performance in the Dance category was magical!

Seniors Abby Brooks and Makenna Clarkson were chosen for the All-State team, and Makenna Clarkson and Brooke Szymanski were selected for Academic All-State.

Congratulations Larriettes! Way to represent Kanab High School ladies!