Friday , 25 May 2018

McKinney High Marquettes Win `Grand Champion’ in Large Schools Category During Competition Season

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The girls of the McKinney High School Marquettes dance team possess two qualities critical to success in any endeavor: talent and a tenacious work ethic. They leveraged both to their advantage recently at the Showtime DFW Area dance competition on February 9. The Marquettes were among multiple school and studio dance groups that gathered at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton for the event. The girls earned individual distinctions as well as high marks in a number of group dance categories on their way to claiming the title of Grand Champion in the Large Team Division.

Other titles and recognitions include:

Junior Varsity Marquettes
Grand Champions – JV division
Team Sweepstakes
Judges Award
Best Pom, Hip-Hop, and Military Routines

Varsity Marquettes
Grand Champions – Large Team division
Team Sweepstakes
Judges Award
Best Modern, Novelty, Pom, and Hip-Hop Routines
Officer Champion Circle Award
Sweepstakes – Officers
Judges Award – Officers
Best Officer Jazz, Lyrical, and Open
2nd Runner-up Soloist – Summer Moseley
3rd Runner-up Soloist – Abby Penprase

The elite “Illusion” team that is made up of varsity members of the Marquettes, as well as the varsity officers, also attended the MA North Texas Regional Competition this past weekend, February 23 at Liberty High School in Frisco. This particular competition is notorious for being extremely competitive and the Marquettes represented the team and school extremely well. Their titles and recognitions include:

Marquette Varsity Officers
Super Sweepstakes
Best Choreography for Open and Lyrical routines
Best in Class

Marquette Varsity Illusion Team
Super Sweepstakes
Best Choreography for Lyrical, Kick, Hip-Hop and Open routines
High Point Awards for both Open and Hip-Hop routines
Outstanding Technique award

While she is justifiably proud of the way the Marquettes distinguished themselves at both competitions, MHS Marquettes Director Amy Neely finds even greater satisfaction in the character her dancers demonstrated in preparing for it. “The members of both teams displayed class and dedication that would make anyone proud,” Neely says. “This means way more to me than any trophy that they earn.”

For additional information about the McKinney ISD Dance and Fine Arts programs, contact Roy Renzenbrink, Director of Fine Arts at 469-302-4093 or by e-mail at

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-302-4007 or

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