Tessa Reece with her dance scrapbook
Hershey High School senior Tessa Reece will sign a letter of intent Wednesday to accept a scholarship from Concordia University of Nebraska at Seward.Reece will receive an athletic scholarship to join the school’s dance team, performing at football games, men and women’s basketball games and traveling with teams to tournaments.
Reece has been dancing since she was two and a half years old. At Hershey, she was a junior high Sparkler for two years and has been a member of the senior high Dazzlers dance troupe for four years.
Besides being active in Dazzlers, Reece is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council President and vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America. She is active as the president of her 4H club. She participates in high school chorus and attends dancing classes in North Platte at the Dance Factory. Reece credits her teachers at the Recreation Center and at the Dance Factory for helping her learn.
She is also thankful for her dancing opportunities at school. The Dazzlers are coached by Kathy DaMoude and Megan White Kelly.
Reece became interested in Concordia last year. After visiting the school, she learned she could either attend tryouts this spring or send a video of her performances. She provided a power-point presentation of her dancing skills and was offered the scholarship.
Reece was excited, she said. Concordia is one of only a few schools that consider dance an athletic sport. The official signing will take place in the Hershey high school library.
Reece is the daughter of Allen and Mary Reece of rural North Platte.
She plans to major in elementary education.
“I want to be successful in my career as a teacher, but I also would like to continue dancing,” she said.
She said someday she would love to teach dance and have her own dance studio.
Daneen Kovar Theye, dance coach at Concordia, is delighted.
“She will make a great addition to our school as well as to the team." Theye said.
"Tessa is one of the kind of students that you hate to lose,” said Wagner, who has taught her for 10 years. “I hate to see her go but know we will continue our friendship for years to come."
Reece’s mother is pleased that her daughter’s dancing career will continue.
“I wasn’t ready for her to quit dancing,” Mary Reece said. “This way I didn’t have to cry at the Dazzler’s recognition night at the school. Her dad and I are very proud of her.”