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HAMMOND, LA -- The Starlettes Dance Team from Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School recently returned from Orlando, FL where they competed in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship.  The Starlettes competed against more than 120 small varsity teams from across the country who qualified to compete at the NDTC.  They advanced to finals in their Hip Hop division and also advanced to Small Varsity Jazz semi-finals, finishing the weekend with a tenth-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Hip Hop category. 

The 2014-15 Starlettes are freshmen Madalynn Bouterie, Londyn Daniel, and Rachel Pistorius; sophomore Nancy Donnes; juniors Chloe Chauvin, Haileigh Bolton, Emily Owens, and Cailin Sampey;  and seniors Skylar Compton, Isabella Perrilloux, and Sydney St. Pierre. 

Senior Captain Skylar Compton commented, “This is an amazing experience.  I have been on the team for four years, and have been ranked in the Top Ten in the nation all four years.  You can’t beat that feeling.  STA competes against hundreds of schools from across the country - most of which are far larger than us. We talk to teams who are astonished that we are a co-ed school of only 350 students.” Compton added that hearing the ESPN announcers call out “From Hammond, Louisiana, the St. Thomas Aquinas Starlettes” every time they perform adds a dimension to the competition that benefits our entire community.  “This is a national event, televised on ESPN. The Starlettes are not only representing St. Thomas Aquinas, but also Hammond, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and our entire community.” 

The Starlettes compete at NDTC thanks to many generous team sponsors, including Scott Sandage Properties; Johnny Chauvin Photography; Bill Hood Imports; Gasaway Gasaway Bankston Architects; Hammond Veterinary Clinic; Ross Downing Chevrolet; The Gagliano Group; Professional Weight Loss Clinic; Bone & Joint Clinic; Statewide Transport; Nicky Muscarello, Attorney at Law; Johnny’s Conoco; Coburn’s; HUG Magazine; Fleming’s Steakhouse; ReBath of South Louisiana; Bruce & Peggy Beard; Northshore Broadcasting WTGG; Real Living / Bobby Drude; Crapanzano Brothers; Gateway Ford; Jeff LeSaicherre / Fleur de Lis Title; Wolfe Lumber; First Security Financial; Keller Williams Realty; Signature Home Lending; Cynthia Fayard; 985 Builders; Pistorius Associates; Guerin Insurance; Scott Perrilloux, District Attorney; Hammond Kitchen & Bath; Scott & Ashley Sandage; The Royale Oak; Auto Title Service; South Coast Anesthesia; Internal Medicine Clinic of Tangipahoa; Don & Mary Brouillette; Associated Waterproofing Corp; Blumberg & Associates, Jimmy Owens; Cashe Coudrain Sandage; Southern Maid Donuts; Main Street Dance; and Henry Powell Insurance.

Other honors received by the Starlettes this year are:  2nd in Jazz, Louisiana State Dance Championship; 1st place, Hammond Knights Twist & Shout Competition; 1st place in Home Routine, UDA Camp.

UDA is the largest dance company in the world, training more than 30,000 dancers each summer in over 600 camp sessions across the country.  UDA hosts more than 30 regional competitions each year for high school, college, and all star teams. The National Dance Team Championship is the only national championship endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The event is broadcast on ESPN2 and reaches more than 100 million homes each year. 

The STA Starlettes placed 10th in the nation at the recent National Dance Team Championships in Orlando.  Pictured are (bottom, l-r) Sydney St. Pierre, Isabella Perrilloux, and Skylar Compton; (middle, l-r) Cailin Sampey, Emily Owens, Haileigh Bolton, and Chloe Chauvin; and (top, l-r) Maddy Bouterie, Londyn Daniel, Nancy Donnes, and Rachel Pistorius. 

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