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WCHS wins national championship

The Wilson Central High School dance team won an unprecedented three national titles at the JAMFest Dance Super Nationals in St. Louis over the weekend.

The Wildcats placed first in jazz, hip-hop and lyrical in the senior high school division of the competition.

“I cannot express how proud I am of these amazing 23 girls,” said Coach Katie Stricklin. “They have continued to exceed my expectations all season long and this weekend they made history.”

Wilson Central won the national title in hip-hop in 2016, but this is the first time they won the trifecta.

The three national titles are the latest, but most significant, titles for the dance team. Previously, the Wildcats won the Smoky Mountain Christmas Championships in Gatlinburg in December and the JAMfest in Nashville earlier this month.

The team includes seniors Anita Baluch, Emily Buckner, Logan Carter, Carly Ebersberger, Marissa Hawks, Aubrie King, Kylie Michael, Emily Molino, Zoe Rahmani and Maddie Spradley; juniors Erika Cervantes, Taylor Powers and Francesca Rodriquez; sophomores Kathleen Ammenheuser, Ella Burgess, Ashton Hamblen, Madison Hill and Madison Treutel; freshmen Kayla Cox, Riley Gilstrap, Bailey Rollins, Lillia Roning and Mia Stover.

The seniors competed in the lyrical category, while the entire team competed in the hip-hop and jazz competitions.

Stricklin coaches the team with Nicole Belsante and Courtney Weeks.

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