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Scappoose High School dance team takes second at state; three of top six drill down spots.

COURTESY PHOTO: JAX EKSTROM - Scappoose Vision dancers pose after winning second at the state competition in March 2022.Scappoose Vision took second place in the 5A state dance competition earlier this month with its performance "Finally."

Junior Kaylie Schrotzberger said taking second was "shocking and amazing."

"It felt like all the hard work that we put in, nine months of just creating the bond between the team and the routine of the dance, just paid off," Schrotzberger said.

The routine "was basically describing the COVID journey. We had to stop so much; stop dancing as a team, stop meeting together," senior Jax Ekstrom explained. "So the routine is telling that story of desperation … and then at the very end, me and the three other senior captains on the team finally get our moment to breathe."

Ekstrom was one of eight 5A dancers to make the All-State team.

"I've only been dancing for four years, so to be able to have that accomplishment really just brought together my journey of dance that I've been on," Ekstrom said.

Three Vision dancers — including two sisters — took three of the top six spots in the drill down competition.COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DIDIER - Scappoose's dance team performs at state with its performance 'Finally.'

Freshman Addison Schrotzberger was the state champion in drill down, despite the competition being her first time in the advanced category instead of novice.

Kaylie Schrotzberger took fourth.

Drill "has always been a strong suit of mine, but not the strongest," Kaylie Schrotzberger said. Making it to the final group of dancers in the competition "was amazing and felt refreshing … but watching my sister get it was probably the highlight of the day."

Senior Kloe Cook took fifth in drill down.

Freshmen and sophomores typically compete in the novice group for drill down, while upperclassmen compete in advanced. Addison Schrotzberger had made it to the top five in novice competitions throughout the season, but she said she was nervous and unsure of what to expect at state, which only has advanced.

Despite the age difference, 2022 was the first real state Vision competition for both Schrotzbergers, due to the pandemic.

The two have both been involved in dance since young ages.

Kaylie Schrotzberger has danced in the Scappoose Vision program every year since she was in kindergarten, largely because of the coaches "and the hard work that they put into us, and the outcomes that we get have always been super-positive and rewarding," she said.

"Since I'm the younger sister, I kind of watched Kaylie go into dance and of course I was like, 'oh, I want to do that too,'" Addison Schrotzberger said.

Though they've been in the same program for most of their lives, the two had only been on the same team twice before high school.

"It was really fun to be on a team with my sister again," Addison Schrotzberger said. "I'm looking forward to having her on a team with me for two years (and to) be able to be on the team for her senior year as well."

Ekstrom also received an academic scholarship for the Dance and Drill Coaches Association of Oregon, which awarded five academic scholarships to dancers this year.

"I strive for success in the classroom just as much as on the gym floor," Ekstrom said. "To be recognized for how hard I worked for my grades too was something that I was glad to have meet in the middle of dance and school."

Scappoose Vision's average GPA this year was 3.65, according to the DDCA.

"It'll be hard to adjust to life without dance team. I mean, it's 15 hours of our week, every week, since I was in freshman year. So, it'll be a learning curve for me," Ekstrom said. "I'm definitely going to miss it. But I'm forever grateful for the memories and opportunities dance has given me."

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