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Prairie Poms, Path to Nationals

Alyssa Mulherin, Sports Journalist

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Prairie Poms is preparing for their upcoming competition at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on October 14th.

“It’s a lot of work, gearing up for all of the competitions. We’re constantly working on perfecting the routines, and making sure everything looks perfect. We practice what seems like every day during the summer,” Said Senior member, Olivia Otto.

Prairie Poms placed first last year at this competition and they hope to make the same impression on the judges this year.

The Poms team will be competing at The University of Iowa Carver-Hawkeye arena on October 14th, amongst some of the best teams in Iowa. The team hopes to keep their three-year winning streak at this competition. This all leads them up to the very last competition – Nationals.

“The team’s goal for the year is to make it passed Prelims, Semi’s and onto Finals for both Poms and Jazz,” Senior Thea Hahlen said. This will be her fourth year on the varsity dance team for Prairie High School.

The Poms team will fly to Orlando, Florida to compete in the largest National competition. To make it to Nationals they have to earn a bid at UDA camp where the team tries to win all blue ribbons or first place in their category. If the team wins a bid, their trip to Nationals is partially paid.

“UDA camp was a success this year. We learned a lot and made new friends with some of the other teams, as well as earning our bid to nationals in February 2019,” Commented Hahlen.

In the 2017-2018 season, The team made it into the semi-finals. This will be their second time competing in this competition in Prairie history.

Throughout the season the team has held various fundraising events, Like car washes and painting the Prairie logo on driveways. Their next move to raise money to get them to Nationals is holding a Daddy-Daughter dance on September 29th at Prairie Point for the second year.

If you see a Poms girl in the hall, make sure to wish them luck this season.

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