For the first time in its history, Graham High School has a drill team.
The team, called the Bella Blues, came into existence over the course of five months. Alesha Rogers, FCCLA advisor and culinary/interior design teacher, discussed creating a drill team with GHS Principal Robert Loomis in January. The idea had been tossed around in the past, but only recently became a reality.
“We had tryouts in February and just did our first performance at the Special Olympics pep rally,” said Rogers, who serves as a drill team sponsor. “The girls are real excited.”
Rogers said that the drill team provides another way to get students involved with high school activities and show school spirit.
“Apparently a year or two ago they had a petition going around that some of the girls were trying to get a drill team started and several parents were trying to push for it, but it got put on the back burner,” Rogers said. “We’re not exactly sure who had a change of heart, but it has come to full fruition now.”
Currently the team consists of eight students, but Rogers said that she would like to have more.
“I am hoping that we will always have at least 12 – 20 on the squad,” Rogers said. “You never know if someone will be out due to injuries, sickness ... so the more the merrier. Drill team is a lot harder and more demanding than many expect. They learn one-to-two dances each week, which takes lots and lots of practice.”
In an effort to get more drill team members, Rogers will host a second tryout session at 4 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the old High School Gym. Students in grades nine through 12 are encouraged to participate if they want to join the team. The Bella Blues will perform at school pep rallies, games and other events at Graham High School. Rogers said that the drill team is a great way for girls who enjoy dance to incorporate their skills and talents at school.
Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.