Several girls from the School of Scottish Dance in Cary earned honors at the Atlantic International Championship last summer, held during the Grandfather Mountain Games.
Lauren Wall of Cary, a seventh-grader at Davis Drive Middle School, won the championship in the 13 and under group and was also named the Best Junior Carolina Dancer. Later in the summer, she was named fourth runner-up in the North American Championship.
Kelsey Luyster of Wake Forest won the 15 and under championship at the Atlantic International, and her twin sister, Paige Luyster, was first runner-up. Martha Clendenin of Apex was third runner-up in that age group.
Gillian Wright of Cary was named fifth runner-up in the under 12 group, and Sally Johnson of Cary was fifth runner-up in the 13 and under group.
Sydney Luyster of Wake Forest, was first runner-up in the 17 and under group and also earned the Steve Johnston Memorial Spirit of the Dance Trophy, given to the dancer who best presents the character and beauty of Highland dancing. She was also named Best Senior Carolina Dancer. Later in the summer, Sydney was named second runner-up at the U.S. Interregional Championship in Baltimore, Highland dancing’s national championship. Martha was fourth runner-up in that competition.