Stingers Take Third At IDTA State

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The Nashville Community High School Stingers dance team placed third in jazz, and third in pom dance at the Illinois State IDTA competition in Springfield. Front row, from left: Alyssa Lohmann, Kelsie Klingenberg, Lexie Small, Abbey Hale and Madi Oltmann.​ Back row: Coach Carmen Keller, Madisyn Reichmann, Emma Vogt, Shelby McAndrew, Savanna Staley, Lauren Brink, Josie Middleton, Meritt Rittenhouse and Coach Chelsea Harre. Kelsie Klingenberg was also an IDTA scholarship recipient.

A pair of Nashville Community High School student athletes were named to the 2014-15 All-State Academic Team presented by Caterpillar.

Madison Frerker and Alex Orr were among just 26 students from across the state honored by the Illinois High School Association with the prestigious award.

“This group is the best of the best,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert Lambert. “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the classroom, in addition to the multiple sports and activities that they participate in.”

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student to be a part of the prestigious team. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, athletic directors and activities directors. One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA Board of Directors Divisions were selected initially, while the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from anywhere in the state.

“This is a really big honor for the kids,” Nashville athletic director Wayne Harre said. “Having just one on the list would be a big deal, and we have two, and that’s a credit to both Madison and Alex.”

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