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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Highlands Dance Team Earns State Win, Eyes Nationals

The Highlands High School Dance Team took first place in large pom at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association competition.

 By Robin Gee

With a first-place win in state cheer competition in December, the Highlands High School Dance Team is preparing for nationals.

The team took first place in large poms at the 2018-19 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) cheerleading/dance competition in Lexington. The win was an exciting improvement for the team that was runner-up last year.

"We have a few competitions coming up, and in six weeks it’s the big competition in Florida," said Coach Erinn Volpenhein. "Last year we ranked third for hip hop and 14th in pom so we are excited to go back and do even better than last year. It’s been an exciting season so far. We’re just hoping to keep it up and keep on moving on."

The team will compete in the nationally televised National High School Cheerleading Championship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, February 8 through 10.

KHSAA is the agency designated by the Commonwealth to manage high school athletics and includes 280 schools and more than 70,000 student-athletes. The National Cheerleading Championship is the leading high school cheer competition in the country and hosts more than 800 teams with about 15,000 student athletes.

The entire Highlands High dance team received praise and congratulations at the January school board meeting.


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