Last Saturday, April 2nd, was the New York State Baton Competition at John Jay, hosted by the Silver Starlites. There was about 84 teams, and one team was awarded the Jennifer “Niffie” DeVito Memorial Plaque. The award was given to the highest scoring New York State Advanced Juvenile Dance Twirl Team. I know to many of you that means nothing, but in layman’s terms, that means the award goes to the best team of younger girls (elementary ages) who twirled to a song, not march music.
When Jen was a coach for the Silver Starlites, her team was the Advanced Juvenile Dance Twirl team. You may remember this as the team that twirled to When I Grow Up.
So, the team decided to make a memorial plaque in Nif’s honor. Now, every year at the State’s competition, the award will be given out, and the team’s name gets engraved on it.
At one point during the competition, I ran to check the scores and made sure that Jen’s old team was going to win the plaque.
It was an emotional day, but as weird as it sounds, it felt good to be back at a competition. I missed them.