Oak Lawn Community High School’s dance team qualified for the state meet. Pictured are Anna Oswald (front row, from left), Andrea Pacetti, Samantha Cholke, Amanda Leone, coach Ryan Brandt (back row, from left), Chelsy Zamora, Hannah Papaleo, Guadalupe Navarrete, choreographer Jeff Orluck, Rebecca Mackowiak, Patrycja Kucharska, Olivia Dankowski and coach Jessica Shekleton. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 1, 2013 1:51PM
After three years of just barely missing the cut, this year’s Oak Lawn Community High School dance team took the next step and advanced to the Illinois High School Association State Finals for Competitive Dance. The team qualified after a beautiful performance at sectionals.
This team of only 10 girls then competed against the state’s top 30 teams in their division. What makes this feat even more impressive is that the group doesn’t have one senior and half of them are freshmen or sophomores.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the girls qualified,” head coach Jessica Shekleton said. “Not only did they qualify, but they surpassed many of our local competitors. Oak Lawn has made a mark in the IHSA dance world this season. This is a phenomenal achievement.”
The Spartans have certainly had a great run with a fourth-place finish in conference, a sixth-place finish at sectionals and another sixth-place finish at an invitational. The dancers are Rebecca Mackowiak, Hannah Papaleo, Amanda Leone, Samantha Cholke, Andrea Pacetti, Olivia Dankowski, Anna Oswald, Patrycja Kucharska, Chelsy Zamora, and Guadalupe Navarrete.
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