By Kristian Bush, Frank Garcia and Aryn Koeppen
Madison spirit girls don’t have a regular summer; it comes with hard work and training so that the teams can be ready for football games and competitions during the school year. All the groups participated in camps and competitions during the summer. The Dollies went to the Omni Hotel on July 24-27 for the Marching Auxiliary (MA) competition where they were voted most admired and won best routine. The Dollie officers also traveled to Houston with the MA Dance Company and also won superior home routine.
“This whole summer we’ve been practicing really hard which paid off for our summer camp because we got grand champion,” senior Dollie colonel Michaela Vermeulen said.
The Fillies attended a home camp with MA choreographer Rosie Torres. The Fillie Officers joined the cheer officers on June 10-14 at H.T.E. Leadership in Austin, where both teams recieved the spirit stick and the superior award on the final day. The hard work and practice also resulted in a lot of team bonding.
“ We are basically one big family,” senior cheer captain Tiffany Thiele said.
The teams all together had a very successful summer with different camps and many awards. Their total of 247 girls shows there is much support for the school this year.
“They are a very talented and spirited group. All the directors are excited and looking forward to an incredible year,” spirit director Mary Ann Barrow said.