RFHS senior and team colonel Antoinette Castillo received an Outstanding Performer Award after leading her team through the competition, preparing team choreography, mixing music for routines, and performing a solo to “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode. The Anita Jefferson Conley founder's award is given to selected team leaders for their integrity, hard work, and extra dedication to their team throughout the season.
Dancing to “Classic” by MKTO for their jazz routine were Castillo, Madalyn Tran (junior and captain), Mia Cassell (sophomore and 1st Lt.), seniors Hannah Randall and Julieanne Pugh, Mercedes Garcia (junior and social officer), sophomores Kimberly Perez and Donovan Guerra, and freshmen Rebekah Loveless, Katelyn Maynard, Phairrah Wilcox, Skylar Franco, and Lydia Zavala. All except Guerra, Perez, and Zavala, performed a pom routine to “Stronger” by Daft Punk (Dillon Francis Remix).
Representing the team in technique challenges were Randall for kicks and Zavala for toe touches.
Vanessa DeLeon, a junior, helped her teammates prepare routine formations, and team manager Elisa Rangel, a freshman, helped with music during warm-ups and team preparations. Other teams competing were Teffany's Studio and high school teams from Calhoun, Calallen, Cigarroa, Crowley, Mary Carroll, Northbrook, Moody, and Veterans Memorial.
The Emeralds are under the direction of RFHS teacher Sonia Castillo. Emeralds Booster Club officer and team chaperone Veronica Medina accompanied the team at competition.
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JAZZ POSE PHOTO: RFHS Emeralds performing a jazz routine on their way to taking a Double Division I award are (bottom L-R) Rebekah Loveless, Lydia Zavala, Julieanne Pugh, Katelyn Maynard, and Phairrah Wilcox; (middle L-R) Kimberly Perez, Mia Cassell, Madalyn Tran, and Antoinette Castillo; and (top L-R) Mercedes Garcia, Donovan Guerra, Hannah Randall, and Skylar Franco. Photo by Sonia Castillo.