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India Smith and Abby Soriano

The Connersville High School Dance team, The Spartanettes, traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to perform in the 80th annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Three Cheerleaders- Brook Sudoff, 12, Kaylor McKinney, 12, and Kierra McKinney, 9- were also part of the event. While some traveled together, many of the girls traveled separately from one another. Some girls flew into Hawaii early so that there would be extra time for them to experience other things. Varsity Spirit, the company in charge of the dance and cheer event, is the program that gave performers, who received an All-American or Nominee award, the opportunity to go. This event was separated into different days correlating to a sectioned schedule. 

For the first day, the girls got settled into their hotel rooms and explored the island. The day after was the tour of Pearl Harbor. Participants were able to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. The performers could sign up for specific times to come visit through the course of the day or whenever they had free time to do so. On the third day, the performers had an early morning practice. More than 600 were devoted to practicing. Since there were so many dancers and cheerleaders, they were divided into four groups. The first group practiced the earliest at 7:30 A.M. and the last group started their practice at 10:15 A.M. The rehearsals lasted two hours for each group. The dancers practiced the routine for the memorial performance as well as the parade. There was supposed to be a Luau at the end of the third day, but it was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The final official day was the performance and parade, with the whole event lasted three hours in total. After the dance, the girls had the chance to attend a picnic dinner with other participants of the parade and their family. The dinner included entertainment that was supposed to be at the Luau before it was cancelled. Now that the dancers and cheerleaders are home, they will continue performing for Connersville!