Studio 1 Takes on Oklahoma


 On the weekend of February 28-March 1, the Studio 1 dance team traveled to Claremore, Oklahoma to compete at the regional Rainbow Dance Competition.  The studio had a total of 66 dancers and performed 31 dances. They performed a variety of dances with styles ranging from tap, jazz, and musical theater, and types ranging from solos, small groups, large groups, and lines (20 or more).  

  At the Rainbow Dance Competition, all dances are adjudicated based on their score, followed by overall placements by age, level, and type, then, finally, some judges choice awards are given to groups that stuck out to the judges.  The order of adjudicated awards at Rainbow from lowest to highest are High Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum. Studio 1 received eight High Gold awards, 19 Platinum awards, four Double Platinum awards, three Judge’s Choice awards along with “Most Entertaining” and “Best Costume” awards, and 12 overall placing awards with five first places.  Though the Studio 1 family is very saddened that their season has been cut short due to the Coronavirus, this was a great way to start and end their season.

  “I always love competition weekends being with my dance friends, but this one was extra special because of how successful we were.  Even though I’m sad that we lost the rest of our season, I’m glad we ended with an outcome like this,” sophomore Darby Ireland said.

OH NO! WE’RE STUCK!: Studio 1 dancers wait in the hallway for teammate, Ryleigh Williams, and her brother to get help out of the elevator.  One night at the hotel, Williams and her brother were stuck in the elevator for almost an hour. As word spread around, more and more of the Studio 1 family gathered outside and waited for them to be rescued.  Finally, the fire department showed up and got the doors unlocked to pull them out. “It honestly wasn’t that bad because we were on the phone with people the whole time and it gave us a funny story to tell later.  I’m just glad it was my brother and not a stranger,” Williams said.

TAKING DOWN TOBACCO: Sophomore, Resist members, (left to right) Maxine Bertulfo, Madie Wilt, Olivia Summers, Darby Ireland, and Sydney Althauser attend the annual youth leadership event.  Students in Resist traveled from all over the state to the Cyrus Hotel in Topeka for this event. They spent the night getting to know kids from other schools and learning more about tobacco prevention.  The following day, the students spent time talking to their legislators about things they can do to prevent tobacco use among their peers.