STARLETTE DANCE TEAM
The Starlette earn Leadership Award.
Starlettes attend Summer Camp.

HAMMOND—The Starlettes attended a convention camp in New Orleans. They were awarded the coveted Leadership Award, voted on by all the teams who attend the camp. Their Home Routine placed 2nd and they received a Superior Trophy, which earns them an automatic bid to UDA's National Dance Team Championship in Orlando in late January. The Starlettes also brought home a Spirit Stick. Seniors Chloe Chauvin, Haileigh Bolton, Emily Owens, and Cailin Sampey were all named All-Americans.

Starlettes score tenth-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Hip Hop.
Starlettes at Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championships.

HAMMOND—The Starlettes Dance Team from Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School recently returned from Orlando, FL where they competed in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship. The Starlettes competed against more than 120 small varsity teams from across the country who qualified to compete at the NDTC. They advanced to finals in their Hip Hop division and also advanced to Small Varsity Jazz semi-finals, finishing the weekend with a tenth-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Hip Hop category.
    The 2014-15 Starlettes are freshmen Madalynn Bouterie, Londyn Daniel, and Rachel Pistorius; sophomore Nancy Donnes; juniors Chloe Chauvin, Haileigh Bolton, Emily Owens, and Cailin Sampey; and seniors Skylar Compton, Isabella Perrilloux, and Sydney St. Pierre.
    Senior Captain Skylar Compton commented,“This is an amazing experience. I have been on the team for four years, and have been ranked in the Top Ten in the nation all four years. You can’t beat that feeling. STA competes against hundreds of schools from across the country - most of which are far larger than us. We talk to teams who are astonished that we are a co-ed school of only 350 students.”
    Compton added that hearing the ESPN announcers call out “From Hammond, Louisiana, the St. Thomas Aquinas Starlettes” every time they perform adds a dimension to the competition that benefits our entire community. “This is a national event, televised on ESPN. The Starlettes are not only representing St. Thomas Aquinas, but also Hammond, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and our entire community.”
    Other honors received by the Starlettes this year are: 2nd in Jazz, Louisiana State Dance Championship; 1st place, Hammond Knights Twist & Shout Competition; 1st place in Home Routine, UDA Camp.
    UDA is the largest dance company in the world, training more than 30,000 dancers each summer in over 600 camp sessions across the country. UDA hosts more than 30 regional competitions each year for high school, college, and all star teams. The National Dance Team Championship is the only national championship endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The event is broadcast on ESPN2 and reaches more than 100 million homes each year.
    
Starlettes impress at Universal Dance Association Dance Camp.
Starlettes place first in the Home Routine competition, and also received a Superior Trophy.

HAMMOND—Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School’s nationally-ranked dance team, the STA Starlettes, recently completed the Universal Dance Association Dance Camp in Baton Rouge. The team won 1st place in the Home Routine competition, and also received a Superior Trophy for their accomplishments during the week, both of which earn them an automatic bid to UDA’s National Dance Team Championship in Orlando in late January.
    The team also received the Leadership Award, which is the most coveted award at camp, selected by the camp participants. Additionally, the team received the Drill Down Top Team Award and the “Team Full Out Award,” awarded by the UDA staff to the teams that did an exceptional job on their Team Routine choreography. They were also awarded a Spirit Stick.
    The Starlettes swept the Drill Down competition with junior Cailin Sampey receiving 2nd runner-up, senior Sydney St. Pierre as 1st runner-up, and junior Emily Owens winning as Drill Down Queen.
    Five Starlettes were selected as All-American Dancers: senior captains Skylar Compton, Isabella Perrilloux, and Sydney St. Pierre, as well as juniors Chloe Chauvin and Haileigh Bolton. The girls all received medals and the opportunity to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The seniors also receive the opportunity to perform in the New Year’s Day Parade in London.
    “I’d say it was a very rewarding week,” said new Starlettes coach Beth Fagan. “We started day one on fire with confidence, and wanted to grow and improve as much as possible. Each team meeting was filled with ways to better ourselves. I couldn’t be more proud of this team. We did receive first in home routine, and achieved our goal to win the drill down award in both the team and individual competitions –- we had the last three standing and 47 drill down ribbons! The team routine was great, and we were recognized with the full out award. And who could forget our five All-Americans who stood out by far among the rest? But the best part was being voted by our peers for the Leadership Award. That is what this truly is about! We are on our way to a bright and starry future at STA!”
    The Starlettes will resume practicing in August for football season. The 2014-15 Starlettes are seniors Skylar Compton, Isabella Perrilloux, and Sydney St. Pierre; juniors Haileigh Bolton, Chloe Chauvin, Emily Owens, and Cailin Sampey; sophomore Nancy Donnes; and freshmen Madalynn Bouterie, Londyn Daniel, and Rachel Pistorius.

Starlettes bring home hardware from Nationals.
Starlettes collect seventh-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Hip Hop category and collect Super Spirit Stick.

HAMMOND—The Starlettes Dance Team from Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School recently returned from Orlando, FL where they competed in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Competition. The Starlettes competed against more than 120 small varsity teams from across the country who qualified to compete at the NDTC. They received an automatic bye to finals in their Hip Hop preliminary group and also advanced to Small Varsity Jazz semi-finals, finishing the weekend with a seventh-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Hip Hop category.
    The 2013-14 Starlettes are sophomores Chloe Chauvin, Haileigh Bolton, Emily Owens, and Cailin Sampey; juniors Skylar Compton, Isabella Perrilloux, and Sydney St. Pierre; seniors Jenna Bergeron, Bailey Barringer, Lauren Daniel and Dani Schillace. Starlettes coach is Katie Robinson, with assistance from Ole Miss Rebelette head coach Carley Cryer and choreographers Katie Fear, Evelyn Wells, and Jesse Lee Santos. STA Spirit Director is Alicia Oalmann. They were also awarded the Super Spirit Stick.
    Starlettes coach Katie Robinson commented, “I am so proud of this team. These girls overcame an inordinate number of injuries this year and still ranked in the Top Ten in the Nation. STA competes against schools that are triple our size, and we are right there with them on a national level. That says a lot about the commitment and the perseverance of this team.” Senior Dani Schillace added, “I cannot believe my four years are over. The Starlettes have a tradition of excellence on the dance floor. You just can’t imagine the feeling when you are walking down the halls and people from all over the country stop you and say ‘Wow! STA – you guys are amazing!’”
    “The Starlettes dance team is a huge success story: not only at STA, but for the City of Hammond, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and our entire community,” said Principal Jose Becerra. “They have consistently been finalists in the Small Varsity Hip Hop division for many years and traditionally place in the Top Ten. We are very proud of these ladies. It takes tremendous dedication and talent to have a consistently successful program like the Starlettes do. Their alumnae have gone on to dance in college, for the Saintsations, and across the world professionally because of the foundation of being on a high school dance team of this caliber!”
    UDA is the largest dance company in the world, training more than 30,000 dancers each summer in over 600 camp sessions across the country. UDA hosts more than 30 regional competitions each year for high school, college, and all star teams. The National Dance Team Championship is the only national championship endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The event is broadcast on ESPN2 and reaches more than 100 million homes each year.
    


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