Panthers earn high marks at State Solos

Monticello High School dance team members all earned Division I ratings at the ISDTA State Solos competition Nov. 4 in Newton. From left are Melissa Davis, Kate Tuetken, Madisan Birt, coach Amanda Hackney, Anisa Krouse, Emma Brighton and Ally Bartachek. (Photos submitted)

Madisan Birt (right), with coach Amanda Hackney, finished third out of 75 dancers at the State Solos.

     Six members of the Monticello High School dance team competed at the Iowa State Dance Team Association (ISDTA) Solo Competition Saturday, Nov. 4 in Newton.

     Each of the Panthers received Division I ratings. Placing in Class III Solo competition were: Madisan Birt, third place; Anisa Krouse, fifth; Emma Brighton, ninth; Melissa Davis, 10th; Kate Tuetken, 11th, and Ally Bartachek, 21st. There were 75 soloists in Class III.

     “I’m just very proud of our six soloists,” Monticello coach Amanda Hackney said. “It was a very tough competition, and so neat to see all of our six Panther dancers finish in the top 25.”


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