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In 2019, the Williston High School Wonderettes, pictured here, earned an eighth place finish at Nationals. Front row left to right: Brooke Hawkins, co-captain Emily Ehlert, captain Journey Benz, Madison Collins, Emmalynn Richardson. Back row left to right: Assistant Coach Kailey Woodhams, Bailey Mann, Jeribeth O’Neill, Kriesha Calderon, Lainey Barker, Evelina Tyan, Jocelyn Pennell, Dylan Mead, coach Tia Hennix. Not pictured: Brindly Elwess, Breece Holmes.

Earlier in February, the Williston High School Wonderettes, a local high school dance team, traveled down to Orlando, Florida to participate in the National Dance Team Championship.

As it turned out, the Wonderettes qualified for the finals in their hip-hop routine, taking home an eighth place finish. In the brief history of the Wonderettes dance program, it was their fifth ever trip to nationals, and the second time they have qualified for a finals competition at nationals.  

Considering that this is a grass-roots movement comprised of all volunteers, Wonderettes head coach Tia Hennix is quite proud of the strides the program has made. She says the work her group has put into improving their dance skills is a testament to how much passion the Wonderettes have for their craft. “I tell them that if they put in the work, the results will come, and they have really bought into that philosophy. They spend so much time working on their routines, their effort level is tremendous,” Hennix shares. “Even though we are very young, we took home trophies at all five of our invitationals this year, and we earned three first place trophies during the season.”  

With the dance team now in off-season mode, the Wonderettes will gear up for next season by conducting tryouts at the Raymond Center in April. Hennix says she looks forward to building on the success of this past season with an even better campaign next year. “We had 14 team members this past year, which is a higher number than normal. That tells me more and more girls are interested in being a part of this, and we look to gain even more momentum in the future,” Hennix adds.

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