Ironton graduate to join EKU dance team

Published 7:31 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Ironton High School senior Madison Griffith is seen with her mother, grandparents and former dance instructors as she takes part in a signing ceremony at her school on May 10. Griffith signed with Eastern Kentucky University for a scholarship and will be member of their award-winning Dance Team.

An Ironton High School senior’s talent has earned her a path to a bright future.

Madison Griffith, who will graduate this week, signed on May 10 for a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University and to be a member of their award-winning dance team.

She is a third-generation student of the Yvonne DeKay School of Dance and is the first female student from Ironton to be awarded this position on a college dance team.

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“She’s a magnificent kid,” Yvonne Sinnott, owner of the school, said of Griffith. “She works really, really hard on everything. It doesn’t matter what you give her to do.”

Sinnott said Griffith, upon learning of the scholarship, drove down to the school, located in Richmond, Kentucky to apply.

“She learned everything there,” Sinnott said of the process.

Madison, the daughter of daughter of Virgil and Tracy Griffith, has also been a cheerleader at Ironton High School. She was also chosen by the National Cheerleaders Association as an All Star at the IHS 2018 Cheer Camp.

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional comprehensive university, and has grown to provide nearly 100 in-demand degree programs at associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels with dozens of concentrations.

The EKU Dance Team is a nationally competitive team. They perform at home football games and at the men’s and women’s basketball games. The dance team is also involved in community volunteer work and performances. Recently, they placed third in Division 1 for national competition in Pom and Dance Team categories.