Dance teacher Cyndi Vaughn has impacted many students’ lives.

Cyndi Vaughn, dance

At my first performance as a Silver Star, I heard this loud cheering from the stands. I began to look around and wonder where these cheers were coming from. It was Ms. Vaughn. One thing about Ms. Vaughn is her overwhelming love and compassion for her team. She stands at the 50 yard line screaming, clapping and cheering for all of the hard work her team has put into the routine. You can hear her over a mile away yelling in excitement. Her cheers boom over the sound of the music. You can always tell how much she loves her team. 

The dedication of Ms. Vaughn is astounding. The director has been teaching for 25 years and with each year, new surprises and adventures await. It always pains Ms. Vaughn to see her seniors leave, but she knows that the end to one team begins a new start for the next. 

Through her years of directing, she has built an unbreakable bond among the team. She has continued traditions started during the charter year of the Silver Stars team. Even alumni come back and still know the Deep in the Heart strut that we learn every year. Not a single step has changed. 

Vaughn’s love for the team is not only shown through her actions, but also the memorabilia she keeps in her office. Every time I step into her office, I always find something new. There are pictures, drawings and decor from many of her past Silver Stars. She keeps everything to look back on memories made with her past teams.

I could go on and on about how Ms. Vaughn has changed my life and many others. She is a role model and has helped many succeed in their high school career. I can’t wait to hear her cheering and see her smiling face at the end of our performances for the rest of my high school career. 

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