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Chapel Hill steppers' twist on Oz entertains, wins accolades

Ken Watts | 4/11/2014, 6:35 a.m.
Fresh from their first-place finish at Delta Sigma Theta’s Stompin’ Out Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco competition last month, Chapel Hill ...
Chapel Hill Middle School’s “Steppin’ Wiz,” Scarecrow team will compete at WestLake High in Atlanta on April 18, South Cobb High in Marietta on April 19, and at Drew Charter School in Riverdale on April 26.

— Fresh from their first-place finish at Delta Sigma Theta’s Stompin’ Out Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco competition last month, Chapel Hill Middle School’s “Steppin’ Wiz” Scarecrow team is poised to step over the competition at three contests on April 18, 19 and 26.

The cast of 14 will be competing at Westlake High in Atlanta on April 18, South Cobb High in Marietta on April 19, and at Drew Charter School in Riverdale on April 26.

The step team members performed their take on the classic “Wizard of Oz” story at DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson’s Community Cabinet Meeting, held first Saturdays at their Decatur school.

In their “Steppin’ Wiz” Scarecrow version, Tin Man (Xoe Reed) and the Cowardly Lion (Jamonte Wilson) teach Dorothy (Aliyah McDaniel) to step so that she can “ease on down the road” and find her way home.

Tiara Miller plays the Scarecrow and Iyani Dodd is the lead Munchkin.

Coach Terry Price, who started the team in November, said that in addition to scoring the first-place finish at the Stompin’ Out competition on March 22 at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, the cast also picked up second place in shows at East Coweta, Fayette and Decatur high schools.

Price, who teaches health and physical education, is new to Chapel Hill Middle this school year and didn’t get started with the team until November, two months after the start of the step season.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year,” she said.