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AC-T Stepperettes will step up to Disney World stage

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The Albert City-Truesdale Stepperettes have been recognized as one of the state's best high school drill teams several times since the group was formed in 1985. The dancers have changed but the quality of the team has forever been top notch and the participants have always been dedicated portrayed the attitude of professionalism.

The AC-T drill team will complete their tenure soon as next year the high school students will be traveling to Sioux Central to grade share.

But the Stepperettes won't be going out until they step up to the spotlight and receive a honest to goodness Mickey Mouse salute.

The Stepperettes will be traveling to Disney World April 7 to perform on the Tomorrow Land Stage in Magic Kingdom on Easter Sunday.

The girls have worked extremely hard this year, said their proud coach, Colleen Wabeke, and they deserve the recognition.

This is the second time the AC-T Stepperettes have been invited to perform at Disney World. The first time was back in 1996. Disney representatives were on hand at the state drill team competition held earlier in the school year where the Stepperettes earned a first place rating for their pom routine.The Disney people were so impressed with the team and the school they represented that they were given a standing invitation to come back and perform again, while other school drill teams are invited to submit audition tapes to be considered for a performance slot.

The current team has known since the beginning of the school year that they would be traveling back to Florida so fundraising has been in full force since. The communities and the school have been very supportive of the trip, Wabeke said, and the team thanks everyone for that.

Disney worked out a great travel plan for the girls to be able to financially afford the trip. The girls will be able to enjoy four days of visiting the Disney World attractions, in between practicing and perfecting their routines, plus complete the trip with a visit to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

"The girls are excited. They have worked so hard." The coach commented that the girls have endured three-hour practices at least three times a week for the entire year.

"They're not nervous. They like to perform and they enjoy the crowd."

The Stepperettes performed at the home basketball games and taken part in a few area drill team nights. The Stepperettes will host their own drill team night on Friday at 7 at the AC-T High School gym. Everyone is invited to come and see this team as they share some of the same routines they will present in Disney World.

Wabeke helped form the AC-T drill team and has enjoyed her time with all of the girls.

Over the years, the Stepperettes have consisted of 17 up to 24 girls. She has had as much fun as the girls.

Last fall the team participated at the state drill team competition and earned a division I rating and a first place trophy overall in the small school pom class and a division I and first place trophy overall for their hoopla routine. The team, whose captains have been seniors Meghan McCabe, Sara Aronson and Karmen Loving, received distinguished academic achievement award for an average 3.4 grade point average.

"This has been a heartfelt year," Wabeke concluded.

Everyone is invited to come out and see the Stepperettes on their final drill team night and congratulate them on their seasons of success and their upcoming trip to Disney World.

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