VDT Seniors 2014

(VDT seniors at NDA nationals in Orlando, Florida.From left to right: Alexis Lawoe, Taylor Bailey, Lindsey Purviance, Mariah Freeman, Sierra Shockley, Danielle Siegel, and Natalie Miles)

After four years spent on Pattonville Drill Team full of technique, eight counts, and routines practiced millions of times, seven Varsity Drill team (VDT) seniors prepare for their last couple of performances at the VDT Variety Show. These senior girls, Taylor Bailey, Mariah Freeman, Alexis Lawoe, Natalie Miles, Lindsey Purviance, Sierra Shockley, and Danielle Siegel, are about to say goodbye to their successful team and coach, Katie Funderburk.

Not only do these girls have a passion for dance, but also a strong sisterhood with one another. Each girl not only dances for herself, but also for the other 17 girls on the team.

When asked what she will miss the most about VDT, officer, Sierra Shockley said, “I’ll miss the sisterhood. The feeling of knowing no matter what you have 17 girls who have your back is amazing. I’ll never forget the pain that we went through but the fact that we went through it together made it all worthwhile.”

Although it is not easy for the senior girls to leave their team behind, they have confidence in continuing the 40 year legacy.

“The feeling is bittersweet. Unfortunately, I know the times has come but I also know this team becomes stronger with each year because of all the heart it has in it,” Shockley said when asked about dancing with her team for the last time.

In addition to the sisterhood, there is such a positive vibe and energy that flows among the team not only in practices, but also on the stage while performing. They often cheer each other on to finish the dance strong and to put all they have into it. Just like any other sport, positive encouragement is always helpful.

Before each practice, Coach Katie Funderburk likes to motivate her team with a different quote, which begins the positivity and grind to be the best they can be.

Shockley’s favorite quote is, “pain is temporary, but pride lasts forever.”

VDT girls certainly know that to be true. With all the injuries, frustration, and hard work, they believe the reward is all worth the pain in the end.

“This year we learned to preserve through the obstacles life hands you and will be stronger people because of it.” Coach Funderburk stated at the Thursday night Variety Show performance.

Not only have these senior girls learned what it takes to be stronger and more talented dancers during their four years on PHS’ drill teams, but more importantly how to handle life when there are obstructions.

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