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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1313 '00oung dancers receive benefits of senior project Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Quincy local Martha Rae Wright has been dancing since she was 5 years old. Her passion for dance led her to create a junior high dance squad she named the Mini Trojans. Now a senior at Quincy High School, Wright decided at the end of last school year to dedicate her senior project to dance. Working with her good friend Angela Sanderlin, who then became her project mentor, Wright put together. a dance team that performed at QHS football and basketball games and other community events such as the Day of the Dead festival. Initially garnering 35 student sign-ups last spring, Wright and her friend Shelby Kingston (Sanderlin's daughter) ended up with a dedicated team of 11 young ladies and one young man. They practiced for eight hours or more each week throughout the summer, and Wright said students with little or no dance experience transformed into a talented squad of dancers. She taught her charges basic moves before .tackling more advanced choreographed pieces. Wright's creative inspiration was sparked by her Footloose Dance instructor, Ramona Eaglesmith. Wright chose the music and developed her own choreography to create dance routines that the Mini Trojans performed upon numerous occasions, in front of audiences of hundreds. Wright's initial goal was to mold the team into a synchronized dance squad and perform its grand finale at the QHS homecoming game last fall. The Mini Trojans, a group of seventh- and eighth-gradedancers, perform a dance routine at Quincy's Hoopla event in the big gym. Photos by James Wilson own year of cheerleading to fully devote herself to the squad. The group members Community Education Class recently danced what could be their culminating performance at the high school's Hoopla event Feb. 7. Wright has clearly devoted far more time than the 20 hours required by her senior project. Along the way she inspired a dozen or more students to follow their passion and learn to dance. One parent, Anna Thompson, credits Wright for teaching students discipline and teamwork, and instilling pride in their accomplishments. "I couldn't have asked for a better role model for my daughter," Thompson said. Further, Thompson praised Wright for helping the students make the transition to high school more easily. However the performance Thompson said most was such a success arid the activities at tie hgh school Mini Trojans so inspired that are geared for older kids, but Wright agreed to continue the Mini Trojans brought the program. She gave up her pride to their junior high peers and carved out an important place alongside their older counterparts, which helped unite junior and senior high students into a more cohesive group. Another passion Wright has is softball. After this year's season at QHS, she plans to attend Feather River College and play softball there. Her possible career choices include engineering and marine biology. She is also interested in pursuing softball at a four-year college or university. Clearly, Martha Wright has succeeded in her goal of creating a skilled dance squad. In the process, she has helped young teens gain confidence and skills, and has given them encouragement to pursue their dreams. Now the question is, What will become of the Mini Trojans? Will someone step up t5 coach the talented dance squad? WrighL and the dancers, fervently hope somebody will. Spring 2014 Community Wood Working Chris Murray, Instructor Designed for students to complete individual wood working projects. 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