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Starlets Swing to Stardom

The Starlets are headed to the championships
Photo Nancy Webster
Ava Kirkland (’26) performs competition routine at Durant High School.

This year, the Robinson Starlets are going for silver, as they are beginning a successful competition season. After performing at various school events such as football games and pep rallies, they now must focus on competing during their winter guard season. They have placed in several competitions this year and are now heading to the Daytona championships.

A large part of the starlets, besides their athletic ability, is the showmanship of the routine they put on for the judges, which made the perfection of their routine crucial. This year’s theme is “Suenos de Cali,” which means Dreams of Cali in English.  It features white ruffle tops and blue ruffle skirts, reminiscent of Latin dance wear, as well as a fitting soundtrack consisting of Spanish renditions of “California Dreams” by the Mamas and Papas and “Hotel California” by the Eagles. and colored flags.

“It’s mainly about dreams of being in California from an outside perspective,”  said Starlets Capitan Gabriella Toranzo (’25).

So far, they have been mostly competing against local schools and teams. Their routine had not yet been fully cleaned and perfected until the most recent pep rally, so they hadn’t been placing as well as they hoped to be. But now that their routine has been completed, there are high hopes for their achievements this season.

“Getting the whole show together was hectic,” said Siara Espejo, one of the Starlets Advisors. “We had some technical difficulties with the props but thankfully it all worked out.”

In their most recent competitions at Riverview High School and Seminole High School, they placed 1st and 2nd overall, meaning they will be moving on to the championship competition at Daytona Beach.

“We’ve been doing a lot better this season, there’s been lots of ups and downs, and we’re really looking forward to competing in states,” Toranzo said.

The starlets are projected to place second at the state-wide competition.

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Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
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