Poms Takes a Trip!
By Sasha Aristizabal
After not winning City Championships, Poms had the chance at redemption at State Championships on Feb. 2, 2019. The competition was held at the Springfield Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Seven teams coming from all over Illinois were competing in their division for the number one spot. Although Northside’s Poms team worked very hard the past couple of months, it placed six out of the seven teams. Though it was not the expected result, this experience was very fun for the entirety of the poms team.
In order for teams to even qualify for State, teams needed to earn a score of at least 80 out of 100 at a competition the weekend beforehand. Lo and behold, Northside’s team clutched the spot to compete at the State competition. The bus ride to get the Springfield Convention took about three and a half hours in which the team either slept, watched Netflix, ate snacks, and bonded with one another. At the Springfield Convention Center, the team put on makeup and costumes and prepared to perform the best that the team could. NCP Poms worked extremely hard to make it to state in the first place and competing there was an achievement in itself. The competition included six worthy opponents, most of which were suburban schools that have access to a number of resources.
Competing at State was a huge deal for the team, considering that it was bigger than any of the competitions the group had performed at before. The onlooking crowd was larger than usual and the space reportedly felt a lot bigger as well. Since there was so much floor space, the team excelled at using the floor really well in all of its formations. After Northside finished performing, there was a parade of teams that ran out onto the floor and waited for the awards. Although the team did not receive any awards, it was enjoyable watching other schools perform.
Afterwards, the team went to the hotel where they would stay overnight since it was too late and too long of a drive to come back to Chicago. There were four different rooms in total but the night of the competition, everyone hung out in one room. Sarah Kamal, Adv. 909, said, “It was really fun to be able to have that liberty of staying in a hotel without your parents always around you.” While this may seem like the team was taking advantage of not being supervised, the team were actually staying up late playing Uno, eating pizza, and taking pictures together. The next day, the team hopped on the bus and took another 3 and a half hours getting back home.
Since this was their last competition, the whole team was sad that the season was over. When asked about how she felt about the season ending, Kamal said, “I couldn't be more proud with how we did this season. We put in so much effort into our routine and it ended up looking better than we ever could have imagined. All of those hours we spent learning the choreography during winter break paid off. Keep an eye out for us possibly in the Cubby Walk Pep Rally.” When asked about the season, Captain Kimberly Grabiec, Adv. 902 said, “I’m really proud of our team because we already started with so many great dancers and still everyone improved so much.” Grabiec has been on the team since her sophomore year and earned her spot as a captain her senior year. When asked about this being her last season she said,“It was extremely fulfilling to be a captain my final year. Although I'm really sad to leave poms, I'm excited to visit in the future and see where poms can go because we are leaving the team in great hands.” This may have been the last competition for poms this year, but like Kamal said, the team may be performing for us during Cubby Walk Pep Rally. Make sure to keep tabs on what the poms team will do later in the future.