Po-Hi Steppers win National Championship
Ponca City Now - March 25, 2019 11:27 am
Photography by Jes
The Ponca City Senior High School Steppers have earned the National Championship at the National/International American Dance/Drill Team Competition held at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, March 22-24.
The team has been coached by Kristin Smith for 28 years. Their entire list of awards is listed below.
“It is an absolute honor to coach these young ladies,” Smith said. “I am so very proud of their accomplishments and hard work. They are true women of character and discipline. It has been 11 years since we have been able to win an overall National team title. I had a feeling from the very beginning of the season that this team would be the one to bring the trophy back home to Ponca City. What an exciting weekend it was, and it was even more special to be able to represent this town and our high school in such an amazing way. We are always humbled by the support this community gives us. Thank you, Ponca City!”
“The District is so proud of our Po-Hi Steppers,” said Superintendent Shelley Arrott. “They demonstrate the highest levels of grit, determination, work ethic, and pride, and these characteristics are exemplified by these awards. Kristin Smith not only coaches these ladies to be the best drill team in the nation, but also instills the passion for them to be strong, confident young ladies. The entire Ponca City School District is so proud of this team for all they have accomplished and for representing PCPS with pride. They are great ambassadors for our school and community and true role models for all to admire #pcpsproud, #wildcatway, #teampcps.”
2019 Large Team National Champions
2019 – Team Prop National Champions
2019 – Team Military National Champions
2019 – Team Pom National Champions
2019 – Team Kick National Champions
2019 – Large School American Academic Champions – 3.625 Team GPA
2019 – Officers Kick National Champions
2019 – Officers Military National Champions
2019 – Officers 1st Runners-up National Champions in Officer Category
2019 – International Military Champions
2019 – International Prop Champions
2019 – International Kick – 3rd Runner Up
2019 – International Pom – 4th Runner Up
2019 – Po-Hi Freshman Virginia Bryce was named National Junior Miss American High Kick.