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Bulldog Belle Tryouts

Macie Bogenschutz

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Bulldog Belle drill team tryouts took place on Thursday, March 2 for the school year of 2017-2018. Incoming freshmen and any students in high school are eligible to tryout.

“There are four days of the tryout week,” eighth grader Brooke Cabello said. “Day one and two are learning routines, the third day is mock tryouts and the last day is the real deal.”

This year, around 30 students tried out for the team. There is no set number who make it; in order to make the team, each individual must achieve a certain score, which is usually 75 out of 100.

“We learn a jazz dance and a kick line dance,” junior Annie Mahaffey said. “For officer tryouts, we learn an extra kick line and we each have a solo we perform for the judge, as well as an interview.”

Only incoming juniors and seniors are able to try out for either lieutenant or captain. There can only be four lieutenants and one captain.

“This year, I prepared for tryouts more than I ever had before,” junior Madison Smith said. “I started training in January. I would run in the morning or go to the gym in order to lose weight. Also, running helped build my stamina which is super important in kick routines.”

All of the students wanting to tryout have to attend mandatory clinics that take place every day after school starting on the Monday of the week of tryouts.

“We learn a jazz routine and a kick routine to perform for the judges for tryouts,” freshman Taylor Barton said.

On the day of tryouts, the commons area in the high school is filled with the candidates as they wait to be called in for their opportunity to tryout. They receive gifts from friends and family that wish them good luck.

“My favorite part about tryouts would definitely have to be directly after the tryout,” sophomore Savanna Gwinn said. “This is because I have a feeling like no other; I am able to feel and know that I accomplished something just by going through the tryout process. I know that I did my best, and I had friends, family and God by my side the whole time.”

After tryouts, results are posted on the school website at about 10 p.m. The 2017-2018 Bulldog Belles are now looking forward to the upcoming year.

“I don’t expect a lot my senior year because it is my first year on the team, but I hope to have a great time kicking at half time,” junior Tony Jeter said.

Many of the previous and current line members have formed bonds with each other during the years that they have been dancing together.

“What I will miss the most is the sisterhood and family that you find in being a Belle; it’s like no other feeling,” senior Ahna Stacy said. “We see the best and worst of each other and we still love one another through it all. We do the most embarrassing things in front of each other and just laugh and love our team even more.”

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