At the Iowa ISDTA High School State Dance Championship Dec. 6 in Des Moines, Western Dubuque claimed first place in with its Class VII Hip Hop performance and two seconds, in pom and lyrical.

“I am very proud of the team for their dedication, work ethic and teamwork in all three routines,” coach Melissa Ehrisman glowed. “We felt we put our best on the floor. We were up against some tough competition in all categories and our lyrical and pom scores were very close in the results. But we are proud of our second-place finish in those as well. Hip hop was a huge accomplishment to win, Mason City has held the title for six years and they are a great program. We are very proud of that state title.”

The hip hop competition came in first with 378 points. Second went to Mason City 355, followed by Fort Dodge 341.5, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 330.5, Urbandale 330, Indianola 329, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 320.5, Sioux City West 308, Cedar Rapids Washington 76 and Ottumwa 74.5.

In Class XII Pom, the Bobcats were just 5.5 points behind winners, Iowa City Liberty at 375. The Bobcats tallied 369.5, followed by North Scott 366, Fort Dodge 351, Davenport North 348, Lewis Central 344, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson342.5, Newton 341.5, Indianola 334, Norwalk 331.5 and Dallas Center-Grimes 330.

WD claimed second in Class III Lyrical with 384 points, trailing Oskaloosa at 389. Third was Cedar Rapids Xavier 382, followed by Lewis Central 381, Bondurant-Farrar 379, Ballard 371.5, North Scott 371, Newton 343, Boone 341, Marion 304 and Carlisle 302.

“I want to give a thank you shout out to all of our supporters — parents, WD faculty and administration, and the entire Bobcat community. We are so proud to represent our school and to be a part of this Bobcat family,” Ehrisman concluded.