Nederland Westernaires win big at Regional Competitions

Nederland Westernaires win big at Regional Competitions

When the halftime shows end at the close of football season, competition season begins for the Nederland Westernaires drill team. There is little time to waste when preparing to go up against some of the largest schools in the Houston area at Regionals. The team of 44 Nederland High School students practice and polish routines ranging from Pom, Kick, Military, Jazz, Ensembles and more and then show off their precision, technique, choreography and grace to a panel of judges. Some schools at these Regionals have more than 100 dancers on their teams.

Director Laura Kendrick knew her girls were well prepared, but there was no hiding her enthusiasm when they took home the overall award for Best of the Best Team at the Houston Coastal American Dance Regional Dance Competition at Morton Ranch High School on Feb 18. 

Kendal Devillier was third runner-up for her solo, and Alyssa Zamora was first runner-up. Emalee English and Kendal Green were third runner-up in the duet division, Anna Oliver and Maggie Smith were second runner-up, Jessica Widenfeld and Green were first runner-up, and Devillier and Alyssa Zamora were the winners in the duet division. The contemporary large ensemble was the winner in their division for large ensembles. The Westernaires were named Academic Champions out of the entire competition with the highest overall GPA. The team and officers were awarded super sweepstakes and the Gussie Nell Davis Award, and also a platinum award for best overall choreography, presentation, precision and technique. The officers received a judge’s award for their jazz, contemporary and lyrical. The team received a judge’s award for its jazz, military, pom and kick. The team received the Wow Factor Award for its team pom. 

Out of the 22 teams that competed, the officers were named first runner-up, Best Of The Best Officers. The most coveted of them all was being named highest scoring team and Best of the Best Team out of all the teams that competed.

The Westernaires also competed the week prior at the Crowdpleasers West Houston Showcase. Kaitlyn Harvey was named sixth runner-up for her solo, and Devillier and Zamora were first runner-up duet. The officers were awarded super sweepstakes, second runner-up in contemporary, second runner-up in jazz, and first runner-up in lyrical, claimed the crowdpleasers award for officer jazz, choreography award for contemporary and lyrical, precision award for lyrical and jazz, first runner-up best in class in the extra large officer division and showcase elite officers. The team was awarded super sweepstakes, second runner-up in jazz, winner in the kick division, first runner-up in military, and winner in the pom division, crowdpleasers for team kick, took the choreography award for kick and pom, technique award for military, jazz, kick and pom, and precision award for military, jazz, kick and pom, and first runner-up best in class team for the extra large division, and top scoring showcase elite team.

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The Westernaires will compete at the national level in March in Denton.

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