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Hello there

We are just over the "hump" in contest season.  We have completed 11 contests and have 9 more to go!!  This weekend we are a little closer to home with a contest in McKinney (48 teams!!  doubled from last year!!) and Austin (at our new location at McNeil HS) for the High School State Championship. 

I know that the Texas schools have been busy this week with TAAS testing.  I hope that you teachers have caught up on all of your reading material while monitoring the tests!

I am proud to let you know that the Gussie Nell Davis Dance Classic this past weekend raised over $8000 for Rangerette Scholarships and we have completed the first American Dance/Drill Team scholarship ($12,500 endowed) that will be awarded this fall and another one started for next year!  The Kilgore Rangerettes were our gracious hostesses and we were thrilled by their flawless performance of the Revels production number on the stage of Dodson Auditorium.

If you haven't visited lately, these are some good web sites for dance/drill team references....

Many of you are now counting the days until Spring Break.  Spring is time to do some "spring cleaning."  Debbie Byrd sent me a meaningful passage below about "Time to Throw Out..." I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Have a great week!

Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
and the ADTS office staff


I Threw It Out......
Last Week I threw out Worrying, it was getting old and in the way. It kept me from being me; I couldn't do things my way.  I threw out those Inhibitions; they were just crowding me out.

Made room for my New Growth, got rid of my old dreams and doubts. I threw out a book on MY PAST (didn't have time to read it anyway).  Replaced it with New Goals, started reading it today. I threw out childhood toys (remember how I treasured them so?)

Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too, threw out the one from long ago. Bought in some new books too, called I CAN, I WILL, and I MUST. Threw out I might, I think and I ought.  WOW, You should've seen the dust.

I ran across an OLD FRIEND, haven't seen him in a while.  I believe his name is GOD, Yes, I really like his style.  He helped me to do some cleaning and added some thing's himself.  Like PRAYER, HOPE and FAITH, Yes I placed them right on the shelf.  I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door. 

I FOUND IT - its called PEACE.  Nothing gets me down anymore. Yes, I've got my house looking nice.  Looks good around the place. For things like Worry and Trouble there just isn't any place. Its good to do a little house cleaning, get rid of the old things on the shelf. It sure makes things brighter; maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF.

"There is a right  time for everything: ... A time to find; A time to lose;
A time for  keeping; A time for throwing away;"
Ecclesiastes 3:1,6 TLB


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