The NCHS Stingers took first place with a state qualifying score in the Varsity A Jazz division this past week held in Mattoon IL. The dance team is bound for IDTA state finals February 11 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield IL. Emma Vogt, Meritt Rittenhouse and Josie Middleton were recognized with Rising Star Awards this season, which honors dancers who catch the judges eye for outstanding showmanship and technique. Front row: Meritt Rittenhouse, Emma Vogt, Josie Middleton, Savanna Staley, Lauren Brink Back Row: Coach Carly Middleton, Madison Schuette, Ida Olsson, Taylor Prange, Elise Spencer, Kayla Ivey, Madisyn Riechmann, and Coach Alyssa Lohmann. Not Pictured: Bridget Styninger.