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The Lynx: New LHS dance team starts making plans

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Members of Lynx, the new LHS dance team, listen to sponsor Jennifer Allen as she discusses ideas for the group. (Clockwise from Left) Naytashel Jones,  Ashanti Brown, Lexi Rodgers, Zakira Rhodes, Cassie Brown, and Emily Fitzgerald. Photo by Shaelynn Mayfield.

Members of Lynx, the new LHS dance team, listen to sponsor Jennifer Allen as she discusses ideas for the group. (Clockwise from Left) Naytashel Jones, Ashanti Brown, Lexi Rodgers, Zakira Rhodes, Cassie Brown, and Emily Fitzgerald. Photo by Shaelynn Mayfield.

Members of Lynx, the new LHS dance team, listen to sponsor Jennifer Allen as she discusses ideas for the group. (Clockwise from Left) Naytashel Jones, Ashanti Brown, Lexi Rodgers, Zakira Rhodes, Cassie Brown, and Emily Fitzgerald. Photo by Shaelynn Mayfield.

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By Shaelynn Mayfield – FEATURE – 

On October 25th, 2017 an application was accepted from Lincoln High, and a group named The Lynx was formed. The Lynx is an all-inclusive dance group, open to all students, that’s main focus is hip-hop and step.  It is co-run by Jennifer Allen, the Payroll Secretary and Substitute Coordinator here at LHS, and Jerry Washington, a UNL employee that works with college bound students at LHS.

According to Allen, all credit goes out to sophomores Akmundria Roberts, Ashanti Brown, and Naytashel Jones for stepping up and taking initiative to get this group formed. One of their biggest focuses is performances.

Lynx sponsors Jerry Washington and Jennifer Allen explain to the group what their jobs encompass. Photo by Shaelynn Mayfield.

“The goal of the group is to be ready for Joy Night for sure,” Allen said.  “Ms. Able told me that we have an assembly coming up that we might be able to get a performance together for as well.  Beyond that, The Lynx hope to perform at games and eventually they would like to participate in hip-hop/street dance competitions in the Midwest,” Allen said.

Since the papers have been signed to make the dance team official, they have been doing a lot of overall planning and preparation. In meetings they’ve had they discussed topics such as finances, and fundraising, rules, and grades, and what they want the group to encompass. 

The new members of the Lynx dance team discuss fundraising ideas at their first meeting. Photo by Shaelynn Mayfield.

When talking about performances Allen said, “There will be a lot of practice and fundraising needed to get us to that point.” They originally talked about doing fundraising like the Pomalinks or the Cheer Team to start earning money for uniforms. They want to get the preparation done fast so they can get to the good stuff; dancing.

Since the group is new and there are things still being figured out, anyone who would be interested in joining The Lynx can email either Allen or Washington for more information. ( jallen4@lps.org, jerrylwashingtonjr@gmail.com)  

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