Last Saturday April 28th 2012, Mckena, along with 56 other girls tried out for the Utah Valley University dance team. She said it was one of the hardest try-outs she has ever done. Registration began at 8:00 a.m. and she was given the number 12. First they went across the floor doing leaps and turns and jumps etc. They cut 12 girls after that was over.. Mckena was still in! They they had 3 sets of 8 to show their strongest skills. Mckena did some turns, aerials, and some extensions and walkout. Another cut was made... but thankfully not Mckena. Then they taught the remaining girls 2 dance routines, they performed those in front of judges and then a final cut for the day was made, leaving 21... and Mckena was one of those 21. They interviewed all 21 girls and then told them the new team roster would be posted on the website by Wednesday, and they were excused at 4:30 p.m. Well, Tuesday night Mckena, Shayla and I were at a Senior Recognition Night for the arts. Mckena was being honored as All State Dancer and performing her solo. While we were waiting for her turn, she leaned over and said, "A returning UVU dancer just requested me as a friend on FB." We didn't think much about it until, 2 minutes later another returner sent a request. My mind told me it was not coincidence, and my experience was telling me that the list was up, she was on it, and the team members saw her name and was adding her. So I told her I bet the list is up, lets check it! She was like, not here!! I can't scream from excitement or cry from disappointment while we are here. So we waited until it was over. I wanted to look in the car, but she still wanted to wait. We decided to go grab a bite to eat, and she was ready to look. She took my phone, pulled it up and instantly put the phone to her heart and said..."It's up... but I can't look!" I said "yes you can... now find your name already!!" She slowly moved the phone away and scanned the list and then smiled a huge smile and let out a shrill ...." I MADE IT!!" I took the phone from her to see this: http://www.uvu.edu/spiritsquad/! She will get 1/2 tuition waved, a book scholarship, and discounted housing, and a few other perks as well. All while doing what she loves. So the dancing in our life continues, and we could not be more proud of her!
Rich and I were married March 22, 1988 in the Salt Lake Temple. Our family quickly grew to 6, with our 4 children in 9 years. For the past 18 years we have lived in Syracuse, and really feel like this is home. Family is what it is all about!
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