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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 1 month ago

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tiffany Johnson

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During its time at the UDA Camp, the team received superiors in the categories of Jazz, Kick, Pom and Hip Hop, as well as a bid to compete at the 2023 Nationals. 
by: Andrea Mujica Staff Writer

The Windermere High School Wolverettes dance team recently attended the UDA Camp Aug. 1 to 3. Senior Tiffany Johnson is one of the captains for the team. Johnson created a few routines with the help of Patricia Barra and is looking forward to leading the Wolverettes through the 2022-23 academic year. During its time at the UDA Camp, the team received superiors in the categories of Jazz, Kick, Pom and Hip Hop, as well as a bid to compete at the 2023 Nationals. 

How long have you been a part of the Wolverettes?
I’ve been a part of the dance team (and the Wolverettes) for two years, but I’ve been dancing since I was 2. 

Have you been practicing any new routines? 
We’ve been practicing during the summer and every day since we got back to school. 

How did you find your way into the Wolverettes? 
My first year here, I came in halfway into my sophomore year, and I was put into Ms. (Patricia) Barra’s class, so I ended up joining the dance team program, because I knew Ms. Barra. 

What is your favorite part about being a part of the Wolverettes? 
I love when we are practicing, and all of the sudden, the entire team understands what we are doing, like it clicks, and everybody is dancing in the exact same way, and it just looks so clean and good. 

Does the team have a favorite routine? 
We change them every year. So far this year, my favorite one is ‘Crazy in Love,’ which I believe we’ll perform during the first football game. It’s one of our routines for halftime. 

How does the team select the songs or routines you are going to do? 
We go to UDA Camp, and they give us some ideas, and then the other, either Ms. Barra will come up with them, (or the other captain and I) will sometimes come up with the routine. 

How is it being captain of the Wolverettes during your senior year? 
It’s very exciting. I feel like it’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m excited for it. … I’m trying to look at it from everybody’s perspective and make sure that everybody understands what’s happening, no one is feeling left out, that kind of thing. 

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Chocolate.

What’s your favorite food? 
That’s a hard one. I love pasta, and Chick-fil-A is always a go to. 

What’s your favorite movie? Why? 
I definitely like more of the classic movies. So, ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Footloose’ are personal favorites of mine, but I’m also a huge fan of Harry Potter. But I feel like the older movies are just classic; they are so good. I think ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is my favorite movie, because I love seeing Hermione in her dress. 

What is a TV series you are watching right now that you would recommend to others?
I’m currently watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and I’m also partially rewatching ‘The 100.’ 

If you could have a superpower, which one would it be and why?
Teleportation, so if I wanted to give my best friend a hug, I could teleport, give her a hug and teleport right back.

Three things you would take with you to a deserted island.
Music, Chick-fil-A … I mean I don’t want to bring just three. I want to bring my family and my best friend.

What are the three top things on your bucket list? 
I want to go to Italy with my mom (Sheri), I want to take my dad (Steve) to a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium, and then my brother (Cameron) and I have always talked about taking a trip to Europe. 

What are you most excited about thing upcoming year? 
I’m really excited for the seniors things I’m going to get to do. I’m also really excited to get closer with the team, because everybody on the team is very close, we have a very good friendship. Same thing with the color guard team — everybody is very nice and so kind to each other. 

Any thoughts about where you’d like to go to college? 
Yes and no. Because I would love to be an audio engineer, so that’s what I do at my church right now. So, with that knowledge, I could always apply somewhere for a job and then they could train me for whatever else they need. But if I were to go to college, I think I would like to be an ASL interpreter. 

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Andrea Mujica is a staff writer for the West Orange Times & Observer, the Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. She covers sports, news and features. She holds both a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Central Florida....

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