Student artist in the spotlight: Andrea Francisco

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006

Grade: 11.

School: Juneau-Douglas High School.

Art of choice: Dance.

Experience: This is her first year dancing on a team. She has done some cultural dancing and participated in cheerleading last year.

Motivation: "What encourages me to be successful in drill team are the girls who I am with and our coaches. They have truly become my family and I just want to make them proud. ... My whole family gives me great love and support, and it always makes me strive for the best."

All in the family: Her cousin, Amanda Endicott, is also on the dance team; she is an officer.

Favorite music: She enjoys hip-hop and R&B music the most.

Future plans: She wants to go to college in Arizona, possibly to study math and government.

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Her dance coach, Christa Baxter, says: "Andrea is a first-year dance team member. She has been very reliable throughout the whole sixth months of our season. I cannot remember a day that she has missed. She is always prepared and has a great attitude, with a smile always on her face. She is performing at 110 percent, not only during a performance but also at every practice. Andrea is very dedicated to her art and motivated to improve. With her strong attributes of being responsible, committed and hard working, she will not only succeed as a dancer but also in life. Andrea is a fun person to be around. She is not always so serious. During Region V Basketball Tournament Dance Team Competition, Andrea was very sick. I never heard her once complain, and when she was on the dance floor, you would have never known that she wasn't feeling well."

Upcoming gig: See Andrea perform with the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team at 7 p.m. tonight in the main gym at the high school.

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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