Panteras take home grand championship
Cy Springs Panteras won the title grand champion twice in row, which is first place in their spectrum. For the Ascension contest, the Panteras were against Kempner , and they surpassed the average score and obtained the first grand champion award. Cy Springs Panteras had achieved Best In Class, which is the equivalent to grand champion for the competition American Houston Coastal Classic against Goose Creek Memorial.
"Winning first place again never felt so good," said Pantera Rebecca Maradiaga." Having the chance to prove that no, it wasn't just luck; all these trophies were well deserved."
The Panteras have been practicing for these competitions since the fall of this school year, which according to the head Pantera director Kelli Curran was very late for any dance team to begin learning choreography, however, they were still successful.
“We want something we do our best to earn it and we keep our head in the game,” said Pantera member Daniela Lopez Ospino. “As an individual I believe that I always have a positive attitude to not only encourage myself, but my teammates to constantly work hard to be able to earn our title as grand champions.”
For the Ascension dance contest, the Panteras were awarded Best In Class Military; Modern Small/Medium spectrum one Champion; and Large/XL high school spectrum one team Pom Champion. The officers were awarded Officer Ascension; Jazz Officer Champion, first runner- up Novelty; and Choreography Judges Award.
At the American dance contest, the Panteras procured the Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence, which is a 93 average or higher from all three judges for all three of the dances performed by the them. They also got awarded the Best Overall Gold-Team; Best Overall Silver-Officer; Best in Class Team; and first runner up Officers.
Prior to the Panteras achieving these awards, it had been since 2015 since they accomplished being first like how they did with these two competitions.
“As Panteras, we pushed ourselves to be our very best and to push to our greatest potential,” said Pantera officer Dejia Cunningham.