The Leota Lions drill team performs for a large audience.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.
by Karen Diefendorf
Last Thursday, Jan. 25, marked the end of the season for drill teams from Northshore junior high schools. Teams from Canyon Park, Kenmore, Leota, Northshore, and Skyview Junior Highs all met at the Leota gymnasium for a joint public performance.
This annual Drill Team Culminating Event was presented to a packed house. It is not a contest among the schools, but rather a time for each school to show what they've learned during the year. Judges were present, but only to offer comments and ratings of "good," "excellent," and "superior" for each squad.
Liz Plunkett, the coach for the Leota Lions, described her program, which is typical of other district drill teams. Any student at the school can be a member, Plunkett said. There are no tryouts or cuts.
Practices are every day from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., beginning in mid-November and ending in late January. Team members take the activity bus home following the practice.
The group performs at after-school boys' basketball games. Members buy their own shoes, but the rest of the uniform is provided by Leota.
The 30-member Leota team celebrated their season with an after-school party Jan. 26. The girls, Plunkett, and assistant coach Tanya Rassetto were all pleased with their "superior" ratings (and a few "excellents") from the judges.