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Pioneerettes get pair of top-five finishes in Orlando
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Pioneerettes pictured in Orlando, Fla., with their NDA awards are front row, from left, Andrea McCormick, Yaire Valadez, Kataen Shockley, Dante Grayson, and Oniurca Ramirez. Second row, Keira Reynolds, Milly Stone, McKenzie Hillis, and Braelin Slaughter. Third row, Makayla Cagle, Aniston Smith, Brooklyn Cope, and Brynn Woodlee.

The Warren County High School Pioneerettes flashed their energy with a smile in capturing fourth- and fifth-place finishes last weekend at NDA Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

The Pioneerettes were fourth in pom, and fifth in game day as the team produced two top-notch performances according to coach Penny Shockley.

“They were absolutely phenomenal,” said Shockley. “The trophies speak for themselves and they were extremely happy with how they performed. We always say the numbers on a piece of paper don’t matter. Don’t let what a judge thinks define you. It’s how you feel about yourself and if you gave it your all that matters.”

Coach Shockley was pleased that her five seniors were some of the select few chosen to be interviewed immediately following one of their routines.

“The fact they wanted to interview us shows how we stood out over all the other teams,” said coach Shockley.

The seniors were asked about their favorite part of the game day experience.

“My favorite part about game day in Warren County is the crowd raising,” said senior Kataen Shockley. “We’re dancers, but we also have to bring the spirit and lead the crowd in cheers and dances and that would definitely be my favorite part because getting the crowd pumped at a basketball game or a football game is just so amazing the feeling that people are following after you in a cheer.”

Team members were asked about how much fun they just had performing their routine.

“We danced for each other,” said senior Yaire Valadez. “We always tell each other we’re dancing for the person beside us. We try to enjoy each moment and have fun while we’re doing it.” 

Asked about their school spirit in general, senior Oniurca Ramirez said, “We’re always going to root on every team the high school has.”