Members of the West Virginia Highland Dancers competed last month at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina and this year's United States Inter-Regional Championship in Hunt Valley, Md.
At the Grandfather Mountain Games, Kaylea and Ellie McCutcheon, of Buckhannon, each won trophies in their beginner categories. Ellie McCutcheon was recognized as the Most Promising Dancer, which is a special award chosen by the judge at each competition. Meg Presar, also of Buckhannon, won medals in the novice category including a third place in her Sean Triubhas. The three girls, along with Jessica Melvin, of Philippi, attended the North Carolina School of Scottish Arts, where they had the chance to work with Highland dance teachers and other dancers from around the country.
Charlotte Layman, of Clarksburg; Maggie Jones, of Elkins; and Presar competed at the USIR in the novice, intermediate, premier and choreography events. They all came away with medals, including a first-place win in the Intermediate Sword Dance for Layman. Jones competed in her first pre-championship competition and came away with fourth place in her Sword Dance.
Ellie McCutcheon, Meg Presar and Kaylea McCutcheon participate in the Grandfather Mountain Highland games.
The group is preparing to compete at the Ligonier Highland Game, the Virginia Scottish Games and the Central Virginia Celtic Games this fall.