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September 1st, 2010
SMHS Diamond Line team starts year with success

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Diamond Line officers with trophies won at 2010 summer camp. Left to right: First Lieutenant Rachel Wheaton, Senior Officer Justin Campos,  Captain Brittany Natal, Junior Officer Chelsea Casner and Diamond Line Director Michelle Knight.

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The San Marcos High School Diamond Line Dancers will have even more finesse to show spectators during the Rattler football half-time shows this year, thanks to hard work at camps this summer. The dancers garnered awards and experience at the camps.

In June, the 2010-2011 officers, Captain Brittany Natal, First Lieutenant Rachel Wheaton, Senior Lieutenant Justin Campos and Junior Lieutenant Chelsea Casner, attended HTE Dance Officer Training Camp  in Houston. The officers had a variety of experiences and earned awards in technique, leadership, choreography and discipline.

The Diamond Line Spirit Leaders attended camp in June with Showmakers of America. The San Marcos leaders won the “Most Outstanding Officer Squad” award. Brittany Vest and Paige Clayton received “Miss Congeniality” recognition, as well.

In August, the 48 member Diamond Line Team attended the HTE Team Training Camp. They were awarded the highly prized “spirit stick” for two days running. Team members Justin Campos, Chelsea Casner, and Mallory Swinney were selected for both the elite Kick Academy and Dance Academy. Selected for Dance Academy, also, were Brittany Natal, Rachel Wheaton and Elizabeth Hayes. Kyla Crumley, Sydney Huddleston,  Amanda Sladek, and Sharra Wilder were selected for Kick Academy.

The 2010 Kick and Dance Academy members are invited to travel to Hawaii for the HTE Academy Tour of the Hawaiian Islands this school year. All four officers were selected as Dance Academy members and were named an Academy Platinum officer line. As Academy Platinum members, the officers also earned the opportunity to participate in a special performance in Hawaii.

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The Diamond Line 2010 HTE Academy Members. Front, left to right: Amanda Sladek, Brittany Natal, Rachel Wheaton, Justin Campos and Chelsea Casner. Back, left to right:  Sharra Wilder, Elizabeth Hayes, Sydney Huddleston, Kyla Crumley and Mallory Swinney.

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The 2010 Diamond Line Spirit Leaders. Front, left to right: Kerry Schauer and President Brittany Vest. Back, left to right:  Director Michelle Knight, Vice President Paige Clayton, Kristi Schauer, Kori Klinedinst.

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