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Rice dancing through life

Cindy Ramunno

Being on the Battle Mountain Dance Team takes a lot of talent. In addition to talent, girls need a high concentration level, competitive attitude and amazing teamwork skills ” and that’s just for tryouts! When Battle Mountain started up their dance team three years ago, an incredible sophomore made the team. That girl was Stephanie Rice. Rice served as the team’s captain and was the lone senior this past school year.

Along with dance, Rice is the school’s debate team captain and is in student government. Outside of school, Rice rides horses, playing polo and show jumping. She is also involved with the Literacy Project. Rice is an incredible writer, and those who have seen her work rave about her creative skills. “I came to Battle Mountain from Vail Mountain School,” explains Rice, who moved to the valley in the fourth grade from New Jersey. “I wanted to attend a school with a bigger student body with more opportunities to get involved,” adds Rice.

At just 6 years old, Rice began to dance and kept on dancing. She took ballet and jazz classes, but took an intense interest in jazz. “Jazz is more upbeat,” says the outgoing senior. Being on the dance team is the biggest thing she’ll miss at Battle Mountain. “It’s been such an important part of my life,” says Rice. She explains that the current team is unified and extremely close. “It’s been such a fun experience.”

Dance coach Andrea Glass says the team will also miss her and her leadership. “Stephanie is extremely intelligent, talented and mature ” coaching her was not difficult,” says Glass, who adds, “She’s fun to have around.”

Rice’s future plans include a summer in Europe, living with relatives in Germany. There, she will help out at her uncle’s law firm. Then she’ll head east for college to pursue a degree in international relations. She plans to take dance classes at college and will tryout for the school’s dance team. Rice doesn’t think she can live without that involvement in dance. “I love to perform in front of people,” says Rice, who also emphasizes that she has learned a lot from her talented teammates at Battle Mountain.

In performing, Rice says that her mom’s healthy eating habits and her dad’s advice of ‘the sleep you get before bedtime is most important,’ has helped her dance her best. Rice adds that all of her parental advice has been accurate. “Everything my parents have said turns out to be right,” laughs Rice. That’s a big admission from an 18 year old.

We’re positive that the talented and intelligent Rice will make her mark at college, just as she did at Battle Mountain. Rice advises younger Battle Mountain students to get involved in some sort of activity and create some memories through that activity. Oh, and “get a radar detector.”


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