WAVERLY (KWWL) --The Waverly-Shell Rock High School dance team, the "Go-Hawk Girls," received state recognition last weekend.
While at the Iowa State High School Dance Competition, the team earned the CHARACTER COUNTS! Team of the Year Award. The award is given to teams that embody the six pillars of character. These include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
"I just have a great group of girls this year. They work together well in and out of practice," Jori Wade-Booth, W-SR dance team coach, said.
The Iowa State Drill Team Association said by giving out this award, they are hoping to spotlight individuals or teams for their character rather than their record.
The team had to be nominated for the award, but they are unsure who nominated them, Wade-Booth said.
This is the first time the team has won the award. In previous years, they have received a plaque for the Excellence in Service Award. The team's service in the community helped them earn the award, Wade-Booth said.
The dance team provides service to the Waverly community through volunteering once a week at the Waverly Health Center, baking cookies for patients, setting up and staffing activities at the area Relay for Life, baking birthday treats for North Star clients and just volunteering in the Waverly area as needed, Wade-Booth said.
Athletic teams at W-SR are not required to do service.
"I never have to ask them to go out and do service. They want to be out there," Wade-Booth said.
The team also grabbed a Division 1 rating for their hip hop routine and a third place and a Division 1 ranking for their pom routine. This is the team's fifth trip to state since Wade-Booth became coach.