The Stayton Highlights dance team finished second to Valley Catholic of Beaverton at the past two state championships.
This year’s squad was determined not to let that happen again.
“This team is driven beyond words,” longtime coach Robin Meier told Our Town. “They came into this season with a goal. They wanted that state title. They were determined to improve, work and sacrifice to make that goal a reality.”
On March 18 all of the hard work paid off. The Highlights scored 91.33 points, just 0.38 points ahead of another strong Valley Catholic squad, to take the Class 4A-1A title at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.