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Staff members perform their comic dance during the Voyagers Spring Show.

The renewed Vinton-Shellsburg Voyager Dance Team ended its first season with a big celebration on Friday, as the dancers joined dozens of youngsters and about 25 Voyager alumni for a special event with many performances.

VSHS students and VS teachers even joined in the dancing. High school boys joined the Voyagers for a Guys & Dolls dance. The Voyagers also led groups of girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade in a variety of performances.

Several Voyagers received awards for their work during the year. Caitlin Kruckenberg received the Outstanding Academic award; Rachel Nugent, Most Improved. Senior Kyra Blix earned the Leadership Award; teammates also voted for her as the Outstanding Voyager. Other Voyagers include Daisy Johnson, Amanda Burkey, Kierra Howard and Kristin Halstead.

Coach Melanie Davis was a Voyager and co-captain when she graduated in 1996. The other co-captain, Christina Rudd, is now coaching the dance team at Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi. She brought the MV team for a special performance. They danced to "Undone" in a special performance designed to honor the two senior dancers on their team.

Alumni Voyagers who danced on Friday included:

Ann Edwards, '81; Karilea Ries, '87; Michelle Stainbrook, '90; Tammy Fett, '92; Hayley Rippel, '92; Julie Lessig, '92; Cassie Oberhauser, '06; Rachel Hanse, '06; Heidi Primrose, '99; Maria Davis, '99; Christina Rudd, '96; Melanie Davis, '96; Becky Sturtz, '97; Amy Salger, '97; Beth Primrose, '98; Mel Davis, 2000; Amy Van Wechel, 2000; Amy Bower, '94; Kelly Henkle, '94; Kylie Fisher, 2010; Emily Meyer, 2010; Taylor Beatty, 2010.

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Thank you to everyone who either participated, helped or supported the Voyager in some way!! The night was a success!!!
By: Melanie Davis on March 1st 8:05pm
Thank YOU Mel for all your hard work and your squad's!
By: Christina Rudd on March 1st 8:32pm
LOVE IT! So awesome to see everyone having such a blast at the Voyager Dance Performance! Great job everyone!!
By: Joan Cooling Noeller on March 3rd 3:31am

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