Paytn Jefffs and Mikaela Jensen are both Emery High School Spardette captains who auditioned and made the 2A All-State drill team. Girls are selected by a panel of judges and only 20 make the team.
Jensen has been a member of the drill team for the past three years. She currently writes for the school newspaper and is in honor society and on the honor roll. Twice a week she goes to Encore, a dance studio in Price. Jensen started dancing at the age of three, for Showtime Dance, then stopped at age 14 to cheer in eighth and ninth grade. She started dancing again in 10th grade. Then in her junior and senior year she made Top Corp at Basic Dance Training. Jensen’s future plans are to attend Dixie and get a degree in sociology and be on the dance team.
Jeffs loves to be involved in anything and everything, but dancing is at the top of her list. She started dancing as soon as she could walk. Having a mother that owns a dance studio gave her no other choice. Jeffs has had many opportunities to expand her dancing skills and knowledge of dance by attending classes during the summer in New York, San Antonio and Los Angeles. Jeffs joined the drill team her junior year and was also part of the state championship swim team the same year. Currently, Jeffs is Emery’s Sterling Scholar for dance, participates in theatre and teaches dance at Showtime Dance. Being Emery’s Outstanding Teen gave her the opportunity to serve the community and teach children about the importance of being active. Jeffs plans to attend college to study marketing, and hopes to fit a lot of dance classes into her schedule as well.