BATTLE RISING: Spartan Sparklers name team captain before first performance

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | 8:25 a.m. CDT; updated 3:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 9, 2013
Spartan Sparklers dance team coach Danyale Williams applies makeup to team captain Kadee Dempsey before the team's first performance at Battle High School's season opener Friday. Dempsey was named captain in the dressing room shortly before the team made its way to the field.

COLUMBIA — Friday marked a few more firsts for Battle High School's inaugural year. Prior to the first regular Spartans football game of the season, the Spartan Sparklers had their first public performance.

And the dancers named sophomore Kadee Dempsey as the first ever team captain.

"She's kind of already been out there, and it's already been accepted, but I wanted to make it official," said dance team coach Danyale Williams to the locker room of dancers before the game. She then pinned a gold CAPT. to Dempsey's uniform as the circle of girls looked on and applauded.

"And you wear this every time you wear your uniform, so that everybody knows who you are and what you represent — which is not just Kadee Dempsey, not just the Spartan Sparklers — everyone standing in this room."

The girls, already dressed in their uniforms, arrived early enough to exchange "Secret Sister Gifts" and apply makeup together.

And although the dressing room was already occupied with other girls preparing for their own performances, everyone managed to squeeze in long enough to apply the right combination of blue and gold eye shadow and a proper lip color to meet the coach's requirements as Rihanna's "Rock Star" and other hits played on the stereo until showtime.

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