Mepham Students Shake It Off

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Students at Wellington C. Mepham High School hip-hopped and can-canned at the kickline team’s So They Think They Can Dance annual fundraiser on March 10.

Six teams competed in this dance off, which is modeled after the reality dance competition shows on television. Participating students are placed on a team that includes varsity kickline members, who help choreograph their routines.

To add to the competition, the groups were divided into Team Dennis and Team Geller, with Kickline Coaches and Mepham teachers Kerry Dennis and Jackie Geller serving as coaches.

“In its eighth year, the event gets better each year,” said Kickline Coach and Social Studies Teacher Kerry Dennis. “The kids practiced their routines for weeks.”

In addition to a winner in each style of dance, an overall winner was chosen by a talented slate of judges including Michael Harrington, Mepham principal, Dr. Jennifer Carne, Mepham vice principal, Marie Netto, Mepham vice principal and Eric Caballero, director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health.

Team Geek Squad won for best Team Performance, Team Anarchy won for best Hip Hop Performance, Team Saxophoneless Jazz won for best Jazz Performance.

Team Dennis took the crown in 2014 and Team Geller in 2015. Team Geller was victorious again this year.

Seniors Nelson Daza and Matt Gibbons hosted the event, offering interviews and comic relief. Daza surprised the crowd at the end of the evening with a performance and popped the prom question to fellow student; who enthusiastically accepted.