First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who put their time and effort in to try out for the group. Many people had to deal with sports conflicts, trips out of town, and even injuries during this process. Making it to the finish line is an accomplishment in itself. We can’t thank you enough for your efforts.
We have decided to go with one varsity team for next year, and we’ll have a new, competitive process within that team to see who has the privilege of performing throughout the school year. If you made the team, you are going to have bring your best effort every day in order to perform. Please keep this in mind moving forward. That said, congratulations to the 2015-2016 Step Chain team:
****IF YOU SEE YOUR NAME ON THE LIST, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO LKELLISO@LPS.ORG WITH YOUR NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND PARENT EMAIL ADDRESS!****
The difficulty will be ramped up this week. Please visit the following link for TRYOUT MOVE #2! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ngyyh_8IrI
First of all, thank you to those of you who took the time to try out this first week. Getting through the routine is an accomplishment in itself, especially if you’ve never stepped before. If your name is listed below, please be at the south gym on Monday, April 13th at 3:30pm for the second round of tryouts:
Learning Sessions and Tryouts for the Step Chain program will be held from 3:30-5pm in the South Gym at Lincoln Southeast High School on the dates of April 6-10 (first cuts) and April 13-17 (final cuts). Actual tryouts are to be held on Friday, April 10 (first cuts) and Friday, April 17 (final cuts). If you have to miss any of the prep days (M-Th), you are still more than welcome to tryout on Friday. Attendance is helpful for Monday-Thursday learning sessions, but not mandatory.
EXCEPTIONS: For students who wish to tryout but have sports/school conflicts, we will offer a special tryout for you on Friday, April 10 at 6pm (first cuts) and Friday, April 17 at 6pm (final cuts).
LINK FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: Tryout Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8K40C2D88
Please contact Coach Kellison at email@example.com for further questions.
Last year, in addition to attempting my first year as a teacher (English), I had the wonderful opportunity to sponsor the area’s premier high school step team, Step Chain. While I spent most of the year observing and being respectful of the great success this wonderful program had already achieved, I also had some ideas about what we could do the following year to expand the brand and move the program forward. I have been so thoroughly impressed with the character, work ethic, and responsibility shown by these fantastic students that I decided to expand their roles further, thus giving them a tremendous opportunity to not only be great representatives of Lincoln Southeast High School, but also a beacon of light to the Lincoln community and a program that elementary and middle school students can not only be a fan of and see as a role model, but also want to contribute to in the future.
Toward the end of last year, we had nearly 50 underclassmen try out for Step Chain. During tryouts, I was approached by Principal Toalson, who also noticed the impressive number of young people trying out. He thought the program the Step Chain members established had reached a critical mass of sorts, and that it was possibly time to expand the program. He said that he believed it could be a very positive progression to give the 8th graders and current underclassmen in our diverse community a broader opportunity to make an early connection with LSE. I couldn’t have a agreed more. So, after some brainstorming, we decided to include a “JV” team of sorts called Jr. Step. This will be the first year that the younger students have an opportunity to expand the brand of the Step Chain program school-wide (and beyond), and the LSE community couldn’t be more thrilled. While there will be some feeling out to do, I believe the character of current Step Chain members will come through as wonderful mentors to our younger students.
That said, Step Chain will be stronger than ever this year. We have most of the members returning from last year’s squad, and I expect them to take the show and program to the next level through their continued hard work and dedication.
Come on out and see us!