CI squads off to great start

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CI’s All-Male squad opened its performance season with a first-place showing. © Isle File

Although we all may not notice since we were too busy paying attention to football games, there’s an important part of the school and that’s the performance squads.

They are a highly choreographed teams who put in a lot of hard dedicated work into their routines to impress their audience. All of CI’s performance squads – Drill, All-Male, All-Female, Banners and Short Flags – took first place in their first competition of the year.

Tiana Bobe is captain of the 11-member Drill Team. Although first trying out was just for fun, she became very interested in the team and has been dancing for over two years now. Commitment is a big part of the squad. Practice starts in summer from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and takes two to three weeks to make sure the routines are perfected.

“As captain it’s harder because you have to stay committed and there are a lot of things you have to give up but more that you gain,” said Bobe.

All-Male is a very talented group of male performers. Daniel Sakalayan is captain and has been on the team for a little over two years now.

“As captain it is more of a responsibility,” Sakalayan said. “You have to make sure the boys behave, make sure they have competition rides, and make sure they tell their parents if it’s going to be a late night practice. I treat them as if I were their big brother.“

Catalina Posadas, captain of Short Flags, has been on the squad for 2 years. Like most captains, first trying out was difficult.

“I didn’t even think I was going to make it,” Posadas said. “It was hard. It’s not like dancing; it was different and it’s unique.”

As captain, it comes with a lot of responsibilities.

“I do feel like I have a responsibility to be a role model,”

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