By Naomi Robinson
Jr. Frost Media Communications Reporter
FORT WAYNE—Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy, a local charter school located on Weisser Park Avenue, is beginning to wrap up their second school year. Principal Tameka Wilson said she is excited for their success of making the school a place where the students can get involved in extracurricular activities and learn along the way.
One special part about the school is their excellent Drill/Step Team. This was the team’s second year of competing and they have made great strides with their smooth dance moves and precise formations. The drill team’s first time stepping was at the 2012 Metro Youth Sport Football Super Bowl. Later that year they participated in numerous shows within the state of Indiana, including the Little 500, North East Step/Drill Team Regionals, and Indiana Statewide competitions as well as stepping at the school for the opening or ending act of the events.
Once you hear “Mavericks!” yelled by captain Arie Brown, you know the team is going to bring all they can. The Step Team placed second place at two of the Regional Competitions held in Chicago. Tears rushed down their faces, members said they honestly didn’t think they were going to make it.
A few days later, Coach and Principal Wilson announced on the P.A system, “The Competition Step Team has made it to nationals!” Based on the reactions of that seven-member team, they were excited. I interviewed Captain Brown who said, “I was so excited that my team had made it to nationals. The experience of it a is a wonderful feeling.”
Numerous other members were crying and jumping with joy.
Nationals are scheduled for April 12 in Wheeling, Ill., at Wheeling High School. If you get to see these wonderful steppers give them a high-five and congratulate them on their amazing success!