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Dance team competes at State

After months of preparation, STA dancers attended the state competition Feb. 20

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The STA dance team attended the state competition at Kemper Arena Feb. 20. The team received fourth place for their lyrical routine and third for their mix routine.

The team qualified for state in December at the Kansas City Classic competition in Liberty, Mo. This required attaining a certain score on each of their dance routines.

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According to junior and dancer Elena Engelke, the team has been cleaning and perfecting their mix and lyrical routines since June and August, respectively. She felt the team was nervous for their lyrical dance, but became more comfortable later on in the day for their mix dance and in turn scored higher.

“Personally, [during the first dance] I was trying my hardest not to mess up,” Engelke said. “I thought we did awesome considering we had some tough competition.”

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Elsa Feigenbaum, Copy Editor of Sports

Hi I’m Elsa Feigenbaum, and this is my second year as a Dart staffer. First off, let it be known that I am about 97% sure Disney named their snow queen after me. Don’t worry, that three percent of uncertainty has not stopped Starbucks baristas from singing “Let It Go” to me on multiple occasions. On my time off from filming Frozen 2, I can often be found pole vaulting for the STA track team, obsessing over Teen Wolf and hanging out with dog. Though I love journalism, my main interests lie in the medical field. I spent last summer in Dallas doing medical research at the Tarlov Cyst Institute, and can proudly say I did not throw up while observing surgery.

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Anna Hafner, Staff Photographer

Hello there! My name is Anna Hafner and I am a staff photographer and page designer for the Dart . While not at the most amazing school on earth, I can be found playing tennis, at yoga, or at Winstead’s with friends. I am a mint chocolate chip ice cream enthusiast with a love for journalism and show tunes. I love  STA, volunteering, and my family a whole lot. While jamming out to the “Jazz Standards” radio station with my mom in the car, we are most likely on our way to Costco (aka the most perfect store ever for a family of six). I have an older sister who is a proud graduate of STA, and two younger brothers. As a senior, I plan to capture the 2015-16 school year through the lens of my camera as well as in mental pictures because time sure is flying by. I am the girl taking quick pics of the quad far too often as I walk in to school in the morning, but the bright sky and brick buildings are a combination too perfect not to capture. I am so excited to be returning to staff for my final year at STA, and cannot wait for another amazing year of the Dart!

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