Congratulations to the winners of this year's swing dance contest and the hundreds of dancers who participated in this big annual event.
This year's winning dance couples are:
- Cody Shields & Zoe Cristobal
- Brandon Becker & Hayley Bradley
- Drew Orlando & Camille Cheetham
- Eli Sciammas & Amanda Tuazon
The contest was held Friday, Oct. 24 in the Hart gym. Hundreds of parents, siblings and grandparents turned out to see the final 21 couples compete for top honors.
Dancing is mandatory in P.E. classes, but entering the swing dance contest is optional for students in seventh and eighth grades. This year, 142 couples started out in the preliminary rounds that were held during lunch. Each day, couples were eliminated.
Audience members were treated to line and square dancing presentations by students in between the swing dance rounds during the final contest. In addition, all students who started in the contest were invited to show off their dancing skills that evening.
The each person in the four winning dance teams won $25 Jamba Juice gift cards and trophies. The top 10 finalists got medals. The remaining finalists got $5 Jamba Juice gift cards.
Thanks to P.E. teachers Sherri Jaksoniak and Pat Hallahan for organizing the swing dance event. Special thanks to teacher Pam Boni for sewing skirts for the female competitors.
Thanks also to Barb Ruiz for training line dancers; Pat Yu for handing out front-of-line lunch passes and candy to all competing dancers; Mike Doppler for providing music with his own equipment; custodian Alex for acting as emcee; and Jason Francis and his Quest class for donating water/candy and running the snack shack.
Further thanks to judges Stacey Leal, Hearst Elementary custodian; Mrs. Hallahan, an elementary teacher; Susan Klas, retired music/PE teacher; Leanne Beane, Harvest Park PE and music teacher; and Barb Ruiz, noon supervisor.