The Alta High School drill team members find it exciting to perform in front of a crowd. For three of the members, they had even a larger thrill when they were selected to take part in the All-Iowa Drill Team. Brooke Sliefert, Lacey Nielsen and Heidi Meyer performed with some 250 other drill team members from across the state at the Iowa Girls basketball tournament at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines.
It is a tradition at Alta High School to give the senior members the opportunity to audition for spots on the all-state team. First year coach Angie Lester transported the girls to the auditions held in the fall . There were somewhere between 500 and 700 girls vying for spots. The three girls found out a few weeks later that they were selected to be on the team.
The Alta girls traveled to Monroe High School where they had a nine and one-half hour day of practice on Friday, March 12. They then practiced on the day of the show, March 13, for three more hours before having a three-hour dress rehearsal.
All of the girls were divided into three dancing categories - pom, kick and flag and streamer. (Brooke and Lacey were selected to perform in the pom routine and Heidi took part in the flag and streamer routine.)
Heidi commented that she loved the huge crowd they performed in front of; there was no intimidation. "We're all speech kids," she said. "We're used to big crowds."
The rehearsing took hours but the routines were done in only a few minutes.
"This was a good experience for the girls," said Coach Lester. "They worked really hard."
Brooke, Lacey and Heidi were able to see the performance later, thanks to community members who videotaped the performance for them.