Crookston Just For Kix wins national championship

Jacob Shames
Crookston Times
Crookston Just For Kix won the national championship in Hip Hop this Friday. Back row L-R: Amelia Cordova, Amanda Schultz, Kayla Brekken, Caden Sanders-Cole, Rylee Hanson, Simone Wright, Mackenzie Funk, Morgyn Larson.
Front row L-R: Mady Knutson, Avery Trudeau, Kalea Luckow, Ella Bautista, Miracle Bernia.

Simply by competing at Just For Kix Nationals, Crookston’s dancers were making history.

But they weren’t about to settle.

Crookston Just For Kix marked their first-ever trip to nationals in Rochester, Minn. this Friday by placing first in the hip hop division, making them national champions.

“We really didn’t even expect anything going into this,” said coach Grace Espinosa. “We were all for the experience of the competition.”

Crookston also had a squad competing in kick, taking 10th out of 22 teams.

The championship-winning hip hop group consists of Amanda Schultz, Amelia Cordova, Avery Trudeau, Caden Sanders-Cole, Ella Bautista, Kalea Luckow, Kayla Brekken, Mackenzie Funk, Mady Knutson, Miracle Bernia, Morgyn Larson, Rylee Hanson and Simone Wright.

Bernia, Cordova, Funk, Hanson, Knutson, Larson, Luckow, Sanders-Cole, Schultz, Trudeau and Wright also competed in kick, as did Calleigh Fanfulik, Janae Luckow and Makenna Kopecky.

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The Crookston Kick team. Back row L-R: Amelia Cordova, Avery Trudeau, Makenna Kopecky, Janae Luckow, Morgyn Larson, Mackenzie Funk, Amanda Schultz. Front row L-R: Miracle Bernia, Mady Knutson, kalea Luckow, Rylee Hanson, Calleigh Fanfulik, Caden Sanders-Cole, Simone Wright.