Members of the West Virginia Highland Dancers competed at the Central Virginia Celtic Festival in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 19 and 20 along with approximately 100 dancers from the Eastern United States.
The West Virginia dancers brought home many awards, including:
- Beginner (younger than 12) trophies on both days and the Most Promising Flora trophy went to Daisy Stemple of Elkins;
From left are Kaylea McCutchon, Ellie McCutcheon, Evelyn Bennett, Ally Simon, Daisy Stemple and Joley Stemple display their awards.
- Beginner (12 and older) trophies on both days went to Ally Simon of Elkins;
- Most Promising Dancer trophy winner and the judge's choice for the Beginner category's $100 cash award was Joley Stemple of Elkins;
- Novice (younger than 12) trophies winner on both days and the judge's choice for the Novice category's $100 cash award was Evelyn Bennett of Elkins;
- Intermediate trophies on both days went to Kaylea McCutcheon of Buckhannon;
- Most Promising Hornpipe trophy winner and the judge's choice for the Intermediate category's $250 cash award was Ellie McCutcheon of Buckhannon.
Rachel Himes, Grace Prentice, Anne Wilson, Meg Presar, Hannah Toney, Charlotte Layman and Kelsie Krantz also competed and won medals in their categories.
October was a very successful month for the group, as Ellie McCutcheon competed against 75 dancers and received first place on her Highland dance written exam in Ontario, Canada on Oct. 4.