Silver Wings to compete in North Texas Classic


Photo by Sarosh Ismail

Junior Rachel Pham practices with the other elite team for their group dance. Practices for the competition are held every morning at 7:30 for everyone who is competing.

The Silver Wings will compete in the Crowd Pleasers North TX Classic competition on Feb. 8 at Independence High School in Frisco. 

Each year, the team alternates between a trip and competition year. Last year everyone competed, but because the team is planning to go to New York in the Spring, this competition is optional for some of the girls.

“What I decided to do this time, kind of like an experiment, is that I’m bringing my officers and my elite team, which is the most advanced group,” head coach Anne Bowling said. “And I allowed anyone who wanted to sign up to do a solo. So there’s about 15 solos competing and three groups of duets plus the officers and elite group.”

In order to be prepared by the time competition season comes, The Silver Wings has to train throughout the year, even during football season. So along with competition practices, they also have to practice for pep-rallies, football games and the spring show. 

“In general, we’re pretty competitive,” Bowling said. “Our Silver Wings team now is pretty advanced as far as the type of tricks the team has acquired. They just have to make corrections and changes, and then we have an opportunity in the first place.”

Senior and captain of the team, Mariah McCardell, said the team did not do as well as they hoped in last year’s competition, but is in a good place and hopes they will place well this year.

“We have a lot of talent this year,” McCardell said. “A lot of our freshmen come from studio backgrounds, and I’ve seen a lot of their solos and they’re all amazing. All the girls we already have on the team are amazing as well. I have high hopes. You never know what you’re going to get there, but I have a lot of faith.”