For the sixth year in a row, the Bingham High drill team won the Grand National Championship that was held Feb. 27-28 in Orlando, Fla.
“These girls worked really hard and it showed on the floor with flawless performances,” said head coach Jamyn Miller.
The team swept the four categories of Military, Jazz Dance, Kick and Hip Hop with first-place finishes. In its Hip Hop routine, the squad earned a perfect score. “That’s a huge deal because judges never give perfect scores,” Miller said. “I knew the girls would do really well but that was an awesome surprise. Sweeping was also a huge, huge deal.”
The 31 members of the Minerettes have spent the past year in hours of practice before and after school as well as on Saturdays while also performing at the school’s halftime performances for football and basketball games.
At the 5A state championship earlier last month, the team struggled with some mistakes and a fall in its performances and ended up placing second to Copper Hills. “The girls didn’t dance to their best potential at state and it was devastating to them to take second when you know you could have won,” Miller said.
Miller said from that point on she talked to her girls about the two choices they had – ‘feel bad or pick yourself up.’ “That’s what was most impressive to me,” Miller said. “These girls had one more chance at nationals and they went out and showed that their hard work all year had paid off.” Among the teams that Bingham defeated at the national championship was Copper Hills.
Bingham was led by All-State dancers Hannah Spencer and Seneca Evans along with All-Region performers Sidney Ford, Megan Palmer and Velisity Oliver.
Also on the 2014-15 Minerettes squad was Olivia Almond, Kassie Andus, Alyssa Bagley, Lauren Bagley, Elle Baker, Megan Berube, Lauren Cazier, Taegan Evans, Chloe Ford, Kaelee Graham, Harley Hurd, Abbi Liddell, Kiyana Maumau, Lexi Mireles, Matisse Mozaffari, Savannah Morris, Kendyl Moss, Hailey Orton, Bailie Petersen, Sydnie Reimann, Cassie Robinson, Brianna Romero, Emily Smith, Emily Tew, Hailey Tueller and Oakley Thorn.
Miller was assisted on the coaching staff by Telley Carlson and Amy Jackman.
“It’s just an honor to be the coach for these girls,” Miller said. “They are all extremely talented but they are also so well-rounded and display great sportsmanship.”