Meet the “Golden Girls”: Dance Team Season Wrap-Up

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Sophia Isler, Staff Writer

As always, the Heritage Dance Team did an outstanding job this year performing and representing our school, and it is clear that all of them worked hard this season. They spent their time performing at football games every Friday night, at pep rallies, at basketball games, and at their yearly showcases. Not only that, but they rehearsed every week in order to score well at various competitions throughout the year and spent time volunteering at community events. These Generals showed everyone how much effort they put in at their competitions, placing second at South Forsyth and Mill Creek, as well as taking first place at McIntosh. They also went to State and were determined to win: they ended up placing second overall. “Our season literally lasts from June until March,” stated Dance coach Mrs. Chappelear, “and these girls pushed themselves so hard to finish strong.” 

These Generals are nothing short of amazing. They are confident in their abilities and have no reason to doubt themselves. Mrs. Chappelear calls them the “Golden Girls,” because “they are truly as good as gold, both inside and out.” Their greatest accomplishment this season was most definitely being State Champion runner-ups. They finished the year with a Spring Showcase. It was a finale for the seniors, their last show here at HHS, and there was no doubt that they’ll be missed by their teammates and coach. “Our seniors and captains led this team to success,” noted Mrs. Chappelear. “They lead by example day after day. Without them and their leadership, we would never have had the season we had.” 

Senior Alex Jones had one specific favorite memory from this year: “My favorite memory,” she said, “was probably when we were practicing for a competition, and there was a storm coming. We had to leave early, and we were all just really excited.” For Kaylan Davis, another senior, a favorite memory was “when we won first place at McIntosh. It was just fulfilling, overall, to win first place with my teammates.” And for senior Darby Gallagher, “I would say probably when we did a charity or when we went to a warehouse. There was only a few of us there but it was really fun just working with everyone.” Finally, for senior Daisha Dycus, “It was just the football games in general” that stood out to her. “It was really fun supporting Heritage and hanging out with the rest of the team.”

This season was not only great, but it was also Mrs. Chappalear’s 20th-year coaching. She could not have done it with a better team. “They are hard-working athletes who not only strive for academic excellence but are just truthfully good girls,” she said. “My hope for next season would be for that tradition to continue, and for us to be even better at who we are, and what we do.”