Published: December 3, 2009
Special to The Vindicator
HAVING A BALL: Leesha Thompson, 17, a daughter of Mitch and Pamela Thompson of Vienna, recently competed in the 2009 National Dance championships in Orlando, Fla., where she received first-place awards for her Samba, Paso Doble, Hustle, Waltz, Viennese Waltz and Tango, and second-place awards for her Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing and Mambo. Leesha, who is shown above as she completed one of the required dance routines with her partner, Travis Manero, also received a gold first-place award for her showcase dance. The Mathews High School senior, who represented the Youngstown Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the competition, is enrolled in the animal management program at Trumbull Career and Technical Center.