Competing against other varsity high school dance teams from across the Southeast, the Wildcats won the hip-hop competition and the jazz competition.
“It’s the first time that Wilson Central has ever won both competitions at the Smoky Mountain Christmas Championships,” said Wildcats’ coach Katie Stricklin. “I could not be more proud of these girls.”
The Wildcats, who dance at home high school football and basketball games, also won an award for the best choreography for the varsity hip-hop division.
The Smoky Mountain championships are part of the Universal Dance Association competitions.
There are still two more competitions remaining, JAMfest in Nashville on Feb. 3 and the national JAMFest Dance Super Nationals on Feb. 10-11 in St. Louis.
The team includes seniors Anita Baluch, Emily Buckner, Logan Carter, Carly Ebersberger, Marissa Hawks, Aubrie King, Kylie Michael, Emily Molino, Zoe Rahmani, Maddie Spradley; juniors, Erika Cervantes, Taylor Powers, Francesca Rodriquez; sophomores Kathleen Ammenheuser, Ella Burgess, Ashton Hamblen, Madison Hill, Madison Treutel; freshmen Kayla Cox, Riley Gilstrap, Bailey Rollins, Lillia Roning and Mia Stover.
Stricklin coaches the team with Nicole Belsante and Courtney Weeks.