Smith-Cotton High School senior Emma Pettigrew has received an academic scholarship and a scholarship to perform with the competitive dance team at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Pettigrew, the daughter of Desiree and Todd Pettigrew, was a member of the S-C High Voltage Dance Team all four years of high school and was team captain for two years.

In her senior year, she earned Central Missouri Activities Conference All-Conference Dancer (third place) recognition, and was a MA Dance All-Star/Honor Roll recipient all four years of high school.

CMU Dance Team Coach Brenda Parisi is looking forward to what Pettigrew will bring to her squad on the floor and in the classroom.

“Emma will bring us a very contagious smile and personality; in addition to that, she has a very strong academic approach and leadership abilities,” said Parisi, who last year recruited S-C’s Emily Beltran, a current Eagle Envy Dance Team member. “We view our program as a family and it is not just what we are doing at practice and on the floor, its also about what we are doing in the classroom, how we support one another."

High Voltage Coach Julie Willadsen said: “Emma has been an outstanding member of the team for four years. What a beautiful dancer with a bright spirit! In addition to numerous recognitions for her dancing at camp and in our CMAC conference, her leadership has been exceptional the past two years. In addition to regular captain duties, I am so proud of the way Emma has handled all the uncertainty and challenges of COVID leading her team through this season. The kind of dedication to dance and positivity in the face of adversity she has is rare and she will be an asset to the CMU Envy Dancers."

Photo 1: Smith-Cotton High School senior Emma Pettigrew has received an academic scholarship and a scholarship to perform with the competitive dance team at Central Methodist University in Fayette. Seated with her are her parents, Desiree and Todd Pettigrew; back, from left: S-C Assistant Principal Joe Doyle, S-C High Voltage Dance Team Coach Julie Willadsen, Central Methodist University Dance Team Coach Brenda Parisi, and CMU graduate assistant for cheer and dance Matt Fohn.

Photo 3: Emma Pettigrew performs with the High Voltage Dance Team at halftime of the Smith-Cotton High School football game against Rock Bridge on Sept. 4 at Tiger Stadium.

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