• All-State Teams announced.
Star Valley Cheer and Dance
Star Valley High School Dance and Cheer teams are heading to the Wyoming State Spirit Competition this week and the All-State Teams have been announced. Star Valley Spirit Squads will be competing in the State Spirit Competition this weekend in Casper at the Ford Wyoming Center on Friday, January 26th, 2024.
The SVHS Brave Cadettes will be competing in 4A Jazz and 4A Hip Hop. After an impressive showing at last year’s State Competition placing 2nd and 4th last season, cheer will compete in 4A Gameday and Coed Stunt. Both teams were moved up to 4A for all categories last year and will compete against largely populated schools. Six Star Valley HIgh School students have been chosen for 4A All-State Team honors and will perform before the awards and at a UW basketball game halftime.
The Star Valley Brave Cadettes are coached by Wendy Kabonic, Shanna Hurd and Stacey Rappleye. They are the reigning 4A State Hip Hop champions placing first in last year’s Spirit Competition, which is the first time in school history that the team has won a 4A State title. They placed 3rd in Jazz, narrowly missing 2nd place by 0.3 points, showing improvement each year. The team has worked with the BYU Cougarettes for the past two years and attended team camp in SLC where the team learned several routines, trained with college and NBA dancers, and Senior and Captain Avery Kabonic was chosen as a top 5 “Top Corp” dancer for the 3rd year in a row. Coach Wendy Kabonic states “This team has shown a lot of growth over the past few years in their technique and now have the ability to put difficult fast paced routines on the floor at a faster rate which speaks to the year-long hours of commitment and training they put in.” The team is excited to attend state with their “sisters” and best friends.
This coming Friday will see the SVHS cheer team will compete in Game Day, which incorporates game day scenarios and simulation, as well as Co-Ed stunt. The team has two new coaches for this season, Faith (Lewis) McNaughton and Ashley Lancaster. These kids start cheer in May and cheer all the way through March. It is a year long commitment and takes a great deal of dedication. They cheer and go to events all summer long, they put in a significant number of practice hours. and will showcase their skills at the events center this weekend. Coach McNaughton said, “This team is incredibly talented and we have seen great things from them this year. We’ve had some injuries and setbacks and the kids have really come together and put their hearts into these routines. We are so proud of them.”
The Wyoming State Spirit All-State Teams have been announced with 6 Star Valley High School Students making the 4A Teams. Three Brave Cadette Dance Team members made the 4A team of 16 total members, ranking the best in the state. Avery Kabonic-Senior (4 year member and Team Captain) placed 2nd overall and has made the All-State Dance Team an unprecedented 4 years in a row in all 4 years of eligibility and will receive special recognition at the State Competition. Jacy England-Junior (3 year member) ranked 15th in the state and Janey Young-Sophomore (2 year member) placed 14th in the state. The 4A All-State Cheer Team selected three candidates for the Co-Ed All State team. Daxton Sessions-Senior (4 year member and Captain), Josie Foster-Senior (4 year member and Captain), and Kynzee Hurd-Junior (3 year member) all earned All-State honors. Congratulations to all of these hard working SVHS athletes!
Both spirit teams traveled to support their back to back State Champion SVHS Football Team at the University of Wyoming, cheering and performing at halftime. Live Broadcast of the State Spirit Competition can be found at nfhsnetwork.com with competition beginning at 2:30 pm. Schedules can be found on the State Spirit page of WHSAA.com.