The La Porte High School Chatos dance team brought home numerous awards from three recent competitions.
The team competed at the Champion 2011 Northwest Houston Regional Competition on Feb. 26 at Cypress Woods High School, bringing home the 2011 Officer Judges' Award and the 2011 Team Judges' Award. Other awards included first place in Officer Novelty; second place in Officer Open; and first place in Team Jazz, Team Military, Team Kick and Small Ensemble.
In addition, the group was runner-up for Best in Category for Team Kick; received the Award of Excellence for Top Highest Scoring Teams, and earned awards for Outstanding Technique and Outstanding Choreography.
The Chatos also earned top honors at the Crowd Pleasers' Texas Showcase of Champions State Competition at Cypress Falls High School on March 5. The group earned Texas State Champion in Officer Open, Officer Novelty, Officer Superior Circle, Team Jazz, Team Military, Team Elite Circle and Overall Precision Merit.
In addition, the team earned first runner-up in Officer Lyrical and Officer Group, first runner-up in Team Jazz, and second runner-up in Team.
The Chatos completed their competition season at the Houston Grand Finale at Katy Taylor High School on March 12. At the contest, the officers won Best in Category for Novelty, Open and Lyrical, while the team earned Best in Category in Jazz, Kick and Military. The group also won several Judges' Applause Awards, Judges' Choreography Awards and Judges' Technique Awards.
Both the officers and the team were named Houston Grand Finale Champions and earned the Overall Champion Circle and Overall Top Team Grand Champion honors. In addition, Allison Brown was named the Kick Master Grand Champion, and Noelie Barbay, Allison Brown and Heather Salazar were senior solo finalists. Lyndzie West was the junior soloist Grand Finale Champion, and Raven Moore and Penny Wheeless were the duet Grand Champions.
The Chatos are under the direction of Sherri Hoff.