April 18, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa spirit squads’ held its annual banquet on April 12 at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville.
The spirit squads handed out awards for individual squad recognition, academics, public relations. More than half of the team members carry a 3.25 or greater cumulative GPA and many are on the Dean’s List. Public Relations awards were given for hours at events outside of games and practice, 11 members had more than 100 hours, and two members had more than 200 hours of PR.
The spirit squad recognized the seniors from the 2014-15 season, including Leah Brucks, Kaitlyn Dornbier, Kelsey Jarrett, Harley Klauke, Payton Mass, Janie Myers, Javier Perez, McKenna Rollinger, Hannah Solchenberger, Avery Stahr, Nathan Volk, Tori Wadman, and Abby Zaug.
“The banquet is a great way to bring together the team and family members and look back on a great year,” said UI spirit coordinator Gregg Niemiec. “These team members put in countless hours at practice, games, and events representing the University of Iowa.
“We start in April and go through the following April, so it is a long season. The student-athletes we have are well-rounded both academically, skills-wise, communication-wise, and well-organized to keep on top of everything. They’re Hawkeye fans through and through!”
2014-15 Iowa Team Awards
Iowa Dance Team
Most Improved – Alayna Vogel
Hawkeye Pride – Mallory Gillispie
Donna Mueller Extra Effort Award – Janie Myers
Dancer of the year – Kelly McGinnis
Rookie of the Year: Cal McCarty
Most Improved – Kyler Heckinger / Jessica Halyko
Dedication – Alexis Puebla
Leadership – Avery Stahr
Skills – Kelly Tocki
Spirit – Kaitlyn Dornbier
Cheerleader of the Year – Erik Kauder-Metcalf
Iowa Herky Mascot
Rookie of the Year – Erica Cole Extra Effort Award – Dan Waterhouse
Veteran of the Year – Nathan Volk
The spirit squads will hold tryouts for the 2015-16 school year from April 17-19, 2015.