Behind All-State Drill team members Hannah Spencer and Seneca Evans – both senior dance captains – the Bingham High Minerettes placed second overall at the 5A state drill team championships held Feb. 6 at Utah Valley University.
“I’m incredibly proud of my girls,” head coach Jamyn Miller said. “They have put in countless hours, they were thrown several curve balls, they’ve dealt with injuries and disappointments and through it all, they’ve rallied together and stood by each other.”
Bingham placed first in the Military category with a “flawless routine,” according to Miller, to begin the state competition. The Minerettes then tied for first place in Dance but were placed second by a tie-breaker. The squad’s kick routine took third place.
“A highlight of the state experience was hearing our amazing Bingham crowd and other schools chant ‘Bingham’ at the end of awards,” Miller said. “It brought tears to our eyes to hear the support. It doesn’t get better than being a part of Bingham. Our student body is incredible supportive, and our parents are the greatest.”
Minerettes President Sidney Ford, Secretary Megan Palmer and fellow senior Velisity Oliver were named to the All-Region Drill Team.
Oliver and Team Historian Bailie Petersen were honored as Academic All-State recipients while Evans, Ford, Palmer, Spencer, Dance Captain Abbi Liddell, Lauren Bagley, Lauren Cazier, Taegan Evans, Chloe Ford, Kaelee Graham, Harley Hurd, Kiyana Maumau, Lexi Mireles, Matisse Mozaffari, Savannah Morris, Fundraising Chair Sydnie Reimann, Cassie Robinson, Brianna Romero, Fundraising Chair Emily Smith, Emily Tew, Hailey Tueller and Fundraising Chair Oakley Thorn were given Academic All-Region recognition.
Also on the 2014-15 Minerettes squad were Costume Chair Alyssa Bagley, Fundraising Chair Oakley Thorn, Social Chair Kendyl Moss, Olivia Almond, Kassie Andus, Elle Baker, Megan Berube and Hailey Orton.
“They are inspiring girls, and I’m honored to be their coach,” Miller said. “I love my 31 [girls].”
Miller was assisted on the coaching staff by Telley Carlson and Amy Jackman.