Kicking it with the SSHS dance team |

Kicking it with the SSHS dance team

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

South Summit High School seniors Katie Leavitt and Sarah Jane Lawrence have a lot in common: they’re both members of the SSHS dance team and they’re life guards at the South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center (SSAFC). They like hanging out with their fellow dancers after school and they even attended the same dance studio, BMDS, in Francis as children.

When Katie isn’t working as one of three drill mistresses for the dance team, she’s tending her family’s horses at their home in Kamas with the help of her parents, Kent and Sheri Kaye. Katie competes with the South Summit Rodeo Club in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway and goat tying.

Katie said she hopes to attend Utah State after high school, and will have her associate’s degree upon graduating from SSHS. She hopes to study to be a civil engineer.

"That might be different next week," she said. "Last week I wanted to be an echo cardiologist. But (civil engineer) just seems like something I might enjoy."

Katie is the youngest, with five brothers and one older sister. She said they often torment her, but it has taught her to be tough.

When not dancing or horseback riding, Katie said she likes to go to Lake Powell and wakeboard. She said her job at SSAFC is the "coolest thing to do in Kamas."

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Sarah Jane said she also likes her job as a lifeguard – which enables her to work with her mom, Heidi – and being captain of the dance team. Her favorite part of dance is the girls on her team.

"I love all the girls," she said.

Sarah Jane organizes the dance team’s parties and assists the instructor, Nicole Parker, with any other duties that are needed.

After she graduates from SSHS, she said she wants to attend Southern Utah University and become a police officer, following in the steps of her father, Dave, who used to be a police officer.

Sarah Jane, who was born in Cedar City, said she went to visit SUU and "fell in love with it again." She’s the oldest of three. One of her brothers, Parker, attends SSHS as well.

"He is my best friend," she said of Parker. "I think he’ll miss me (next year) but he doesn’t show it."

She said she also likes to travel and served a humanitarian mission to Peru two years ago with her cousins.

"We went to orphanages and took them toys we had made ahead of time," she said. "We built fences and greenhouses while there."