The varsity drill team from Pattonville High School won fifth place in large varsity hip hop division of the 2013 National Dance Team Championship, held Feb. 2 and 3 in Orlando, FL.
They earned the trophy after competing in the category against 44 different teams from 19 states.
Members of the varsity team are: Taylor Bailey, Samantha Byrne, Mariah Freeman, Anise Glenn, Ciara Glenn, Paige Goss, Katie Greenwell, Alexis Lawoe, Toni Martorelli, Sabrina Mason, Clare Pond, Lindsey Purviance, Sierra Shockley, Danielle Siegel, Michaela Whaley and Hayley Wojciechowski. Katie Funderburk is coach of the varsity team.
The national championship is administered by Universal Dance Association and is the only national-level dance team championship endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater and music.
Dance teams competed in divisions based on team size and grade/age level and had the option to enter two of the following categories: jazz, hip hop, pom and high kick. Each year, there are an estimated 10,000 spectators in attendance at the contest.
The competition was also broadcast on ESPN2, reaching more than 90 million homes.