|Contestant's Day, 1998
At Contestant's Day on June 20,1998 our Drill Team competed at the state level. There were 2 teams entered & despite my messups, we finished first. (Another very good reason for me to retire to coaching. "Those who can't - teach.")
Other winners that went on to the New England Youth Conference in Connecticut were - Kim Holden & Sue Reed for Lip Sync, Mike Holden for Public Speaking & Sign-a-song.
Tracy Lockwood was chosen to be our Female Youth Ambassador & Chipper Gibbs was the Male Youth Ambassador. They represented Vermont at the National Session in North Carolina.
Pix from Contestant's Day 98
|'98 New England Youth Conference -
At the conference - held at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts - It was well attended by Vermont Youth - there were at least 24 youth & 4 senior youth.
On Saturday, we had several workshops that were well attended. There was a date rape workshop, a "Promoting the Grange" workshop given by Jeff Wetzel, National Youth Director & one other promotion workshop.
The Public Speaking & Sign-a-song competitions were on Saturday afternoon. Michael tied with Cindy Lawson for first place in the Sign-a-Song contest. He went to the National Conference in North Carolina. There was a mix up & only one contestant from New England was judged, and Cindy won first place!
Saturday night was the banquet & lip sync contest. Susie & Kim did well, but they finished out of first place.
Sunday morning brought the Drill Team competition. All contestants were very nervous. We had a full roster of all 6 states entering a drill team so it was a long morning. In the end, New Hampshire finished first in what I would describe as a modified country ho-down style of drill. I believe Rhode Island finished second & Maine 3rd. Vermont had a rough time & was very glad to finish fourth followed by Massachusetts, in full Scottish regalia, finishing 5th. Connecticut was in a transition year with new coaching & they finished 6th.
Mount Holyoke was a beautiful campus & the Massachusetts Youth Department were gracious hosts. We had a great time.