Casey Mathis is the 17 year old daughter of Wayne and Leigh Mathis. She is a Senior at McDowell High School. She will be attending Western Carolina University, majoring in Criminal Justice.

Casey is a Senior Twirler in Miss Kristi’s baton class and has been dancing for 10 years now. She is also a member of the McDowell High Titan Band playing both the trumpet and the french horn.

She is looking forward to her last recital and competition in July.

Hannah Strickland, 18, Senior at McDowell High School, lives in Marion, NC. Her parents are Angela and Wesley Strickland, and brother Chris Adams.

Hannah is on the honor roll, and is finishing at McDowell Tech her degree in Cosmetology. She wants to own her own shop one day, or pursue doing hair and makeup on movie sets one day.

Hannah has been dancing for 13 years, and loves her dance family. Dance has given her a place to make friends and express herself.


My name is Sydney Young. I am 17 years old and will be graduating from McDowell High School as well as McDowell Technical Community College with my associate degree in science in the next few months. I am currently enrolled to go to Appalachian State Honors College in the Fall with plans to study Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.

I have been fortunate enough to be a dancer at Miss Jacie’s School of Dance for 13 years now. I take tap, jazz, and baton. I was awarded Dancer of the Year for 2019 which I was grateful for. I am also the assistant baton teacher for Miss Kristi for the second year in a row, which has been a blessing and a valuable learning experience for me. Helping Miss Kristi with these classes has made me aware that I have a passion for working with young children and hope to be able to continue to teach and develop future baton twirlers. I performed in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and am thrilled to be on the list to go again this coming November. I am heartbroken that it is my last year dancing, but I am appreciative to my parents, Miss Jacie, Miss Kristi, and all my fellow dancers for investing in me and helping me blossom into the dancer and person I have always aspired to be.

Kaitlyn DeHart  is 16 years old and has studied dance at Miss Jacie’s School of Dance for 14 years. Kaitlyn parents are Greg and Kristi DeHart, and is the older sister of Kellie DeHart. Kaitlyn is currently in concert dance class including jazz and tap. She is also taking baton and hip hop class.

She was awarded the titled of Miss Talent USA at dance competition in Lincolnton this past year. Kaitlyn is a Sophomore at McDowell High School in Marion, NC. She is excited about dance next year when she will have a once in a lifetime opportunity when she will be performing in the Macy’s Parade in New York City.



Kellie DeHart  is 14 years old and has studied dance at Miss Jacie’s School of Dance for 12 years. Kellie’s parents are Greg and Kristi Dehart, and is the younger sister of Kaitlyn DeHart. Kellie is currently in concert dance class which includes jazz and tap. She is also studies baton and hip hop.

Kellie was awarded the title of Miss Teen Talent USA at dance competition in Lincolnton this past summer. Kellie is currently in 8th grade at West McDowell Middle School in Marion, NC. Kellie’s most memorable dance event is when she kicked a hole in the ceiling during dance class as she was being lifted. She is excited about dance next year when she will have a once in a lifetime opportunity when she will be performing in the Macy’s Parade in New York City.

Aria Woody is the five year old daughter of Holly Woody and Jakeem Polk. She is in Kindergarten at North Cove Elementary School.

The dance classes she takes are baton, ballet, tap, and acrobatics. She will be attending her first dance competition this month, in which she will be performing a ballet solo.

She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and animals. Aria loves fashion, but is never fully dressed without a smile.

Kaidyn Johnson is the daughter of David and Robin Johnson, she is nine years old in the fourth grade at North Cove Elementary, she enjoys dance as a passion, loves being on stage!

She started dance with Miss Jacie at 3 years old, her hobbies are roller skating and collecting Reborn baby dolls, She will be performing her first solo at the White Lightning Competition in March 2020.

Abigail Lonon is the 6 year old daughter of Kayla Lonon and grand daughter of Pam and Sheldon Crocklan. She attends Glenwood Elementary School where she is in the 1st grade. Layka has taken dance class for 3 years and this year added Baton classes to her schedule. She loves Baton! Abigail's Favorite color is purple and she loves horses.

I am Gracie Sigmon and I am an 8th grader at East McDowell Middle School. I take Hip Hop At Miss Jacie's School Of Dance and I have also studied Ballet. Last year, I did my first duet with Julie Dellinger. My favorite color is yellow and my favorite animal is a sloth. I really enjoy painting and talking to my friends.

Makenna Raine Hink is 4 years old, the daughter of Rj and Lacey Hink. Makenna is the sister of Madilyn Hink.

Makenna is entering her second year of enrollment at Miss Jacies School of Dance. Makenna has been around the studio since she was born and has learned so much by just observing her sister’s classes in the past. She is very excited to start Tap and Acrobatics this year along with Ballet.


My name is Sydney Young. I am 16 years old and a rising senior at MHS. I have been taking dance at Miss Jacie's School of Dance for 12 years now. I take baton, tap and jazz. I am so appreciative of this honor to be selected for Dancer of the Year. I love being Miss Kristi's helper and I am so thankful for both her and Miss Jacie for the opportunity. I love working with the younger baton classes. Every one of the girls are so sweet and thoughtful. They made my first year as Kristi's assistant fantastic and fun. I was one of the lucky few who got to go to the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and look forward to another chance to participate in 2020 with my dance squad. I had such an awesome time the first time around and wouldn't trade it for the world.