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Melanie Lutgen inked a National Letter of Intent to join the Clarke University Dance team in a signing ceremony Dec. 17 at Beckman. From left, Beckman dance coach Kaylee Ungs, Beth Lutgen, Melanie Lutgen and Mike Lutgen.

Senior Melanie Lutgen is the first-ever Beckman student to sign a National Letter of Intent to join the Clarke University Dance team when she becomes a student there in the fall of 2021.

Lutgen inked her letter in a ceremony at Beckman Dec. 17.

She said she started looking “at Clarke because of my major (Pre-Physical Therapy). Once I earned an early assurance pathway spot for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, it cemented my choice in schools.”

Lutgen has been “dancing with the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics since I was nine. I want to thank Debbie Moser for sharing her love of dance with me. It is because of my experiences with the Moser School that I decided to be part of the Beckman dance team and now have the opportunity to be on the Clarke University dance team.

“Beckman didn’t have a dance team during my freshman year. We had practiced throughout the summer but the coach quit when the school year started. Three years ago, Kaylee Ungs restarted the Beckman dance team. In my three years competing at ISDTA state, we placed third twice, fourth, fifth and sixth once. I was named a UDA All-American in August.”

Dianne Granger is in her first year as Clarke coach and was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1986-87.