MONROE – South Sevier High School’s Sensations picked up their seventh consecutive state title and the 11th in the past 14 years at the Utah State High School Activities Association’s state drill team competition held at Utah Valley University in Orem Friday and Saturday.
“The Sensations are built on the foundations of hard work, traditions and love for each other,” said coach Kelli Barton. “It’s always an amazing experience to watch a team come together and meet their goals. The competition this year was extremely tough. The quality of the competition makes it very difficult to continue to win.”
The Sensations competed against 3A teams from across the state of Utah in three categories – military, dance and character.
“They are successful because they want to be successful,” Barton said. “They want to keep the tradition alive. They are passionate, driven, dedicated and committed and they sacrifice a lot to be on this team. They work through sicknesses, long practices, early mornings, and all the ups and downs that drill team brings.”
The Sensations placed first in the dance and character categories and second in military en route to the state title.
“Every sport requires a lot of dedication, commitment, time, sacrifice and hard work,” Barton said. “The same is the case for drill team, but the thing that makes drill so different is that we are competing for someone’s opinion. We have to hope that we are doing something that that particular panel of judges are looking for at that moment.”
The hard work that started in June paid off again this year. Barton said the girls work to give a performance that stands out so much, judges have to take notice.
“I am so proud of this team,” Barton said. “These girls have had to work extra hard to meet the goals they had set for themselves. I couldn’t be more proud of them for making it all pay off.”
Barton said the girls’ have a tremendous work ethic, but also a sense of team unity fostered through activities hosted throughout the year.
“Our girls are always an inspiration to us coaches,” Barton said. “They never give up and give us their best, time after time after time.”
Also helping earn the girls along is a base of dedicated parents and fans.
“Our support system is incredible,” Barton said. “We couldn’t have done it without all the support from the parents, administration, student body and fans.”
Sensation Alivia Winegar won the drill down competition for the 3A division. The Sensations had six seniors this year including Alivia Winegar, Brooklyn Chartier, Nicole Barrowman and captains Radisyn Jensen, Meg Mitchell and Marnee Johnson.