2017 - 2018 Sparklers
Hannah Usie, Captain
Ashton Weber, Co-Captain
Joei Jacob, Secretary
Lillie Brauns, Treasurer
Abby Barras, Chaplain
2017 Summer Camp Accomplishments
The St. Thomas More Sparklers, reigning Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Medium Varsity Pom and Jazz Champions, attended UDA Convention Camp in New Orleans this summer. The Sparklers competed with their home routine and won first place in medium varsity, which qualified them to compete at UDA Nationals in February at the ESPN Center in Orlando, Florida. The team also received a superior trophy for their overall performances and the spirit stick each day.
Sophomore, Annie Fruge won first place in drill downs and senior Lillie Brauns was runner up. Ashton Weber, Lia Shivers and Elle John received the Pin it Forward award which is a leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness and motivation award. Junior Abby Barras and seniors Hannah Usie, Ashton Weber, Joie Jacob and Lillie Brauns were named UDA All American and all seniors were invited to audition for UDA staff. The 16 member team is coached by former Sparklers Jenny Matthews ’95 and Kelly Gilespie ’09.
2017 UDA National Dance Competition
The St. Thomas More Sparklers competed in the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida. The Sparklers won a double National Championship title with a first place finish in medium varsity pom, and first place in medium varsity jazz earning two spots on ESPN in March.
The competition is the largest and most prestigious dance team competition in the country, featuring more than 500 performances, 300 teams and performers from 35 states.
The Sparklers have held a UDA National Championship title 20 times in 28 years, with 13 of those years in the pom category.
The 2016 - 2017 fourteen-member team includes Emily Citron (Captain), Hannah Usie (Co Captain), Joei Jacobs, Ashton Weber, Lillie Brauns, Abby Barras, Anna Billedeaux, Marley Blanchard, Lauren Domingue, Ann Clare Fremin, Annie Fruge, Hannah Gaspard, Elle John, Taylor Montz, Lia Shivers and Sophie Stockstill. The team is coached by former Sparklers Jenny Harris Matthews '95 and Kelly Gilespie '09.
State Dance Awards
State Pom Champions: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
National Dance Awards
UDA National Pom Champions: 94, 95, 00, 01, 02, 05, 06, 08, 09, 12, 15, 16, 17
UDA National Jazz Champions: 94, 95, 96, 97, 00, 05, 17
UDA National Pom Runners-Up: 98, 03, 04, 07, 10, 11, 14
UDA National Jazz Runners-Up: 93, 01, 03, 07, 08, 09, 16
UDA National Pom Third Place: 96, 99
UDA National Jazz Third Place: 91, 92, 98, 99, 02, 06,10, 13, 15
UDA National Pom Fourth Place: 13
UDA National Jazz Fourth Place: 04, 11, 14
UDA National Pom Fifth Place: 97
UDA National Jazz Fifth Place: 12