The Rhinelander High School Dance Team finished off a very successful season at Dance Xtreme USA Americup Nationals held in Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 22-24, taking home their fourth consecutive national title in Varsity 2 Hip Hop. They also placed third in their division in Kick.
Head Coach Tricia Winter received National Coach of the Year Top 5 in the Nation Award. Dancer Kelly Lee was the recipient of a Distinguished Leader Award and the team received an Academic Excellence Award for having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Earlier in the year, the team placed second at WACPC Regionals and sixth at state.
The YMCA of the Northwoods and Trinity Lutheran Church provided the team with practice space. The team also acknowledges Charlie LaHam and the school administration for their support of the dance program, and Bernie Stoehr and Kari Massey for all their help. The following businesses and families also lent their support: Metro Screenprinting and Embroidery, Oneida County Tavern League, Buck Lake Veterinary Service, Doctors Foster & Smith, Lee’s Painting Service, Rainbow Sandals, Printpack Inc., Cellcom, First Impressions Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Associated Bank, Lake States Yeast, Northern Insurance, Hearing Advantage, Rhinelander Auto Center, Distinctive Touch, Swearingen’s Al-Gen Dinner Club, Dean Distributing, No Sweat Clothing Co., Moondance Bar & Grill, Heck Capital Advisors, Hair Design, Randall Natrop D.D.S., Advanced Health Chiropractic, Wausau Paper-Rhinelander Mill, Pomps, Rhinelander Café & Pub, Rappley Plumbing & Heating; Darrell Schmidt DDS SC, Northwoods National Bank, Gerry and Michele Riopel Realtors, Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Deputies Association, Sarkauskas Enterprises LLC, Hjelle Chiropractic, Tom Hageny, Tom and Susan Raykovich, Clarence and Sue Puza, Sally Lotz, Roger and Chris Saari, and Lloyd and Charlotte Wilcox.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and the Rhinelander Police Department provided the team with a police escort into town on Sunday night after the competition.
Pictured front, from left, are Finlee Saari, Marilla McKay, Katie Macak, Morgan Berry, Angela Towne, Kirsten Lotz and Karter Massey (Coach Winter’s brother). Back, from left, assistant coaches Bailey Welch and Shavon Conner, Nikki Raykovich, Emma Schmidt, Jessie Swearingen, Marissa Kaster, Amy Heise, Jessica Lucas, Brittney Newcomb, Kelly Lee, Ashley Puza and Tricia Winter, head coach. Alicia Bachmann is not pictured.
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