Sterling High Stars dance to victory in the face of adversity


by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 11:25 AM

BAYTOWN -- A group of dancers from Sterling High School recently won a big competition in the face of adversity.

The Sterling Stars Dance Team was in San Antonio over the weekend for a dance competition.

At some point, someone stole their U-Haul van containing $10,000 worth of costumes, sets and props from the hotel parking lot.

“At first I looked around and everyone was crying,” said dance team leader Clayton Baker.

“It was heart breaking,” said dance team director Kelley Start. “These young ladies have worked so hard for everything they've done.”

“I was just shocked,” said dance team member Brittany Sams. “I don't see why people would steal from us. We really worked hard this year and we all pushed each other.”

The loss forced them to push on with no props, no costumes or pom poms; but, they swept the competition and learned an important life lesson along the way.

“I think the lesson is you can work with what you've got,” said Baker, “and we did. I feel like we pushed through and we did what we needed to do in order to get the job done.”

Looking back on it, the team says the thieves in a strange way gave them more than they took.

“Life lessons are the hardest,” said dance team member McKenzie Hefley.