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Officers of the Royse City High School Golden Debs posed with their director, Rebecca Allen, after a recent performance. Pictured are (from left) Olivia Rodriguez, Allie DeBona, Kirby Dresser, Allen, Cynthia Villegas, Jacqlyn Beckering and Mikayla Kilgore.

Royse City High School Golden Debs members have seen their hard work pay off with accolades.

The Golden Debs won the small team “pom” contest recently during Showtime International’s Dallas Dance Spectacular held at Poteet High School in Mesquite.

But the drill team members are not alone as award winners.

Rebecca Allen, their director, recently received the Director Recognition Award at Danceline USA’s Lone Star Championship held at Ford High School in Quinlan.

She won the award because of an essay submitted by Karla Enfield, parent of Kirby Dresser, the Golden Debs’ captain. The winning essay was the one that judges believed provided the “most genuine” assessment of the director.

Allen, who is serving her second year as the team’s director, said she had rather see the Golden Debs in the spotlight.

“But it’s very special,” Allen said of the award. “It means a lot to me that a parent made the effort to write the essay. It tells me that they recognize the dedication and passion I put in for them.”

Enfield pointed out that even though Allen is only in her second year as director, “she has already made a significant impact on the program, the team and the Royse City community.”

The parent pointed out that Allen is well trained in classical ballet “and her love for dance is evident in all her activities.

“She is able to not only lead the team but also work with them to improve their overall technical ability and appreciation for dance arts,” Enfield wrote.

Secondly, Enfield said in the essay, Allen’s love for the team is evident in her level of dedication and interaction with team members.

“She is genuine, fair and honest in her dealings with all team members and, when necessary, makes tough decisions for overall team success.

Additionally, Enfield wrote, Allen works to prepare the “ladies” for life after high school drill team.

“She pushes them to work harder and dream bigger,” she wrote.

Before this year, Enfield added, none of the team members considered trying out for college level. This year, however, several are planning to try out for college teams.

“They reach for opportunities not previously considered available to them,” she wrote.

Allen also looks for opportunities for team members to be visible in the community. The Golden Debs, she said, are role models for young girls in middle school and elementary school.

“All in all, Mrs. Allen is the teacher, leader and influence a parent hopes her child is fortunate enough to experience in her school years,” Enfield said. “We’re excited to see how the Debs have grown and how they will continue to grow and impact many young people for years to come under Mrs. Allen’s leadership.”

Allen is in her fifth year as a Royse City ISD teacher. She taught four years at Royse City Middle School and is in her first year as a teacher at the high school.

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