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STM Sparklers earn double National Championship title in Orlando

Return to Lafayette on Tuesday
Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 23:32:33-05

The STM Sparklers will return to Lafayette as champions on Tuesday after competing at UDA Nationals in Orlando this weekend.

The Sparklers earned a double national championship title in Medium Varsity Pom and Jazz.

The Sparklers will arrive at Lafayette Regional Airport around 5 pm.

In March, ESPN will feature the team during their televised coverage of the national dance championships.

One of the largest dance competitions in the nation, UDA features more than 500 performances, 300 teams and performers from 35 states.

According to the STM's Sparklers page, the team has held a UDA National Championship title 23 times in the last 30 years. Fifteen of those titles were in the pom category.

The team is coached by Jenny Harris Matthews and Kelly Gilespie Degraauw. Team moderator is Heidi Reed.

Lia Shivers, team captain, told KATC, "We're just super excited and blessed to have all of our family and friends always supporting us and cheering us on, and having the legacy back home rooting for us as well and your sisters on stage. It's really the best feeling ever."

The 2019 - 2020 team includes Lia Shivers, Marley Blanchard, Taylor Montz, Elle John, Lauren Domingue, Elizabeth Beaullieu, Annie Fruge', Sarah Gallagher, Miya LeBlanc, Kimmy Musumeche, Avery Pesson, Caroline Ramon, Sophie Stockstill and Maddy Strother.