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The iStep Team -- a University-sanctioned student organization (pictured left) -- has won a 1st place honor in only its first semester in existence.

  Newly formed iStep Team takes 1st in Virginia Step Competition

A new student organization that has just been established this semester has wasted no time in making its mark.

The new group, iStep (pronounced I-Step), is the first University-sanctioned (non-Greek) Step Team at DSU. Saturday, Nov. 16, the organization competed in the 7th annual Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition in Charlotteville, Va., and won first place in the Step Category. The teams were judged on creativity, level of difficulty, showmanship, precision and energy.

Held in the city’s Paramount Theater, iStep also finished 2nd in the overall competition, bested only by the first place dance team.

The organization notes that iStep’s written purpose is to bring together a diverse population of students at Delaware State University and to entertain through the expression of stepping.  Its mission is to step in formation and unison while making rhythms with the stomping of feet, the clapping of hands, chanting and the use of other creative objects. The group collaborates as one unit to practice creativity and unity to bring entertainment as well as positive influence to all audiences.

“Not only do we perform, but we love participating in community service endeavors and focusing on our academics to be well-rounded students,” said Lindsey Hyppolite, iStep coach. “Our first semester has been exhilarating and we've have grown and progressed in such a short period of time. We are extremely excited and ready for what's in store next.”

As the 1st place winners in the Step Category, iStep won a trophy and $750.