Pleasant Valley Secondary School teacher Janet Gillis

Pleasant Valley Secondary School teacher Janet Gillis

Adrenaline pumps out excellence

Janet Gillis, who heads up the Adrenaline dance team, has been given the Community Recognition of Excellence award.

Great leadership, exceptional attitude, tremendous talent.

Pleasant Valley Secondary School teacher Janet Gillis, who heads up the school’s mega-successful Adrenaline dance team, has been given  the City of Armstrong’s Community Recognition of Excellence award.

Mayor Chris Pieper made the presentation to Gillis in front of the dance team.

“It’s my pleasure to present this award to you, Janet, for bringing such positive distinction to our community,” said Pieper.

Adrenaline is a high-performing dance troupe that, in 2013-14, captured award after award throughout the province.

Under Gillis’ guidance, Adrenaline won two gold medals and the top senior dance trophy at the High School Hip Hop competition at Richmond’s River Rock Theatre. The PVSS squad competed against 15 high schools from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

They earned Diamond awards and Adjudicator’s Choice Awards for their visually stunning and wildly entertaining dance pieces at an event in Vernon.

Back to the Lower Mainland and a trip to Surrey where they received a second place at a competition but were clearly crowd favourites and declared the most memorable group by other competitors.

And they took first place in Kelowna for their Hunger Games-theme performance. They also finished third for three other dances at the same competition, competing against 18 teams and 69 entries.

In additions to bringing excellence to the school and community, Adrenaline helped fundraise for Emma Tucker of Armstrong, and North Okanagan Knights hockey player Dennon Leibel, both battling disease.