We got Div I status!!! http://www.arizonaacademy.org/nm/publish/news_244.php I'm so excited to be going Div I, but honesty, its hard to say where the corps is going to go from here. We've got an alright chance at making top 12 at finals, but is the organization put together well enough to ever compeat with corps like BD, SCV, Phantom, and the Cavies? The whole situation reminds me so much of Esparanza. Not to speak poorly of them or anything, but they took Div II championships 3 or 4 times before making the leap to Div I, now the highest they've made I belive was 10th and havn't made top 12 in 3 years. Another thing is, winning Div II champions attracted alot of kids, from outside of Arizona to join the corps. I personaly know a couple kids from southern California who decided to try out for Academy instead of Esperanza because the wanted to be in a corp that could win, no matter what the division. But now that we're Div I, some of these kids might feel like whats the point traveling hundreds of miles to join a Div I corps thats right at the same level of the Div I corps closer to us. Either way, I'm so excited about this. Mark Richardson's baby steps theory has paid off and we've finialy got our name out there with the big boys. My only worry now is, "How is this going to effect the tour fees?"