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Cerritos High School Dance Drill Team Captures 2013 National Title

By Brian Hews

A beaming (and winning) Cerritos High School squad.

A beaming (and winning) Cerritos High School squad.

You can now call the Cerritos High School Dance Drill Team the BEST in America after they captured the 2013 United Spirit Association Nationals Competition recently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The Dons took First Place in the Open Novelty category.
The school has had a long history of success with their dance, drill and cheer squads dating back when the school was founded in the mid 1970’s.
Also racking up major awards this season is the Cerritos Dance Drill’s All Male Team who placed second with their Medium Military routines.
The CHS Dance/Drill Team also placed third recently at the Miss Dance Drill USA Nationals 2013. The Dons competed against schools worldwide from Utah, Arizona, Texas and Japan.
Currently the staff consists of Director: Sarah Montes, Assistant Director: Gregory Lewis, and coaching staff of Julian Liquigan, Ervin Buenaobra, Monica Lao, Wesley Chen and Derek Tao.
There are currently 36 team members on the sere are currently 36 team members on the squad.
They are Martin Brion, Jasmin Carrasco, Ashley Chang, Sophia Cheong, Justin Chiang, Elizabeth Chouy, Sharone Dharan, Regina Diaz, Gizelle Dumaplin, Judy Fan, Charles Han, Derek Hsu, Evanka Jayachandra, Austin Kang, Aaron Kim, Emily Kwon, Victoria Le, Charitey Lee, Jenny Lee, Susie Lee, Darren Lim, Emily Martinez, Adrian Mukul, Aide Negrete, Kylie Pador, Michael Pepito, Sarah Pranadjaja, Michael Romero, Andy Roxas, Natalie Sales, Patrick Saw, Eriel Uy, Daniel Watson, Sydeny Wiley, Yeon Yi, Brandon Yu
“The Cerritos Dance Drill Team represents the high school and the city in the most respectable manner as they compete against many schools throughout the state, nation, and world,” a statement from the school said this week.

Team members devote long hours of practice, including during their summer, winter, and spring breaks. Call times can come as early as 3 a.m. so being a part of the team a dancer needs to be disciplined, responsible and dedicated along with maintaining good academic standing.