Photo By Submitted Photo
Front row: Ella Tapanainen (foreign exchange student from Finland), Makayla Koser, Tina Kansariwala, Makenzie Pence, Maria Kipper Middle row: Finlee Saari - Helper, Beth Theilman, Abbi Koch, Amaya Adler, Lexi Heise, Head Coach Kirsten LotzTop row: Assistant Coach Kari Britton, Morgan Johnson, Haylee Campbell, Alexis Alderton, Haylee Fernandes, Emma Squires, Raquel Siewert, Head Coach Tricia Winter
The Rhinelander High School Dance team finished their 2017-2018 competing at the DX AmericCup Nationals March 2nd-4th held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hodags competed in the Hip Hop and Pom High School Division battling against other Division 1 and Division 2 teams.
Rhinelander's strongest routine of Nationals proved to be in Hip Hop, where they tied for fourth place with Edina, MN out of seven total teams. RHS placed fifth in Pom out of six total teams. The top three teams came from Iowa, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Another huge honor, Rhinelander earned the Academic Excellence Award for having a team cumulative GPA higher then a 3.0. "The team is very appreciative of the support of the community which enabled them to compete in this event," said head coaches Tricia Winter and Kirsten Lotz in a press release. "Special thanks to the School Administration, especially Brian Paulson; Heather Lundt, and Carol Purcell for all of their help over the season."
The coaches and team also wanted to thank the following families and business for their support; Metro Screenprinting & Embroidery, U.S.W. Union Local #2-15 Rhinelander Mill, Mike Winter Construction, LLC, Amerigas, Cellcom, Gremban & Gremban Dental, Hedberg Well Drilling, CoVantage Credit Union, Susan DeGrant, Jeff Lund, Stacie Stuempges, Printpack, Swearingen's Al-Gen Dinner Club, Todd Johnson, Northwoods Auto Techs, LLC, T.J. DeWitt and Co., Inc., David & Julie Holperin - Stifel, Cross Country Bar and Grill, RIPCO Credit Union, Ponsse North America, Inc., Northern Insurance Agency, X-Rooter, Northern Title, Boyd Financial Services, LLC, Drews Dental, Wal-Mart, Poulsen Family, Rhinelander Toyota, O-Reilly Auto Parts, Randall Natrop D.D.S., Theilman Home Improvements, STP Plumbing LLC, Britton Photography, Penca Photography, Park City Credit Union, Affinity Anesthesia LLC, Microblading by Christina Boostrom RN, The Koch Family, Jim & Sheila Stilin, The Kansariwala Family, Northern Shores Resource Management, Rhinelander Honda, AMPI - Paul & Shirley Toft, Skagen Inc., CT's Deli, Denim & Leather Exchange, Hodag Gun & Pawn, Tricia's Treasures, Aramark, Friendship House, Pawz n Clawz, Nicolet National Bank, Heck Capital, Randy Siewert, Raymond Traynor, and Big Daddy's.