Saturday, March 28, 2015

Camden Sophisticated Sisters get new uniforms

Twirling around in colorful and sassy dresses, Camden's Sophisticated Sisters drill team showed off their new uniforms in front of City Hall Wednesday. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office gave the team, which has garnered national attention for their positive message, full set of dance outfits for 150 girls, worth $8,000.

Camden Sophisticated Sisters get new uniforms

Camden Sophisticated Sisters dancing in front of City Hall with new uniforms.
Camden Sophisticated Sisters dancing in front of City Hall with new uniforms.

Twirling around in colorful and sassy dresses, Camden’s Sophisticated Sisters drill team showed off their new uniforms in front of City Hall Wednesday.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office gave the team, which has garnered national attention for their positive message, full set of dance outfits for 150 girls, worth $8,000.

The money came through the prosecutor’s office federal Community Justice Grant, which provides for expenditures in programs that prevent and control crime in Camden.

“It’s programs like this that make our communities better and compete with the gangs,” Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said Wednesday after watching the girls perform.

The Sophisticated Sisters have had an incredible year already. The girls have performed live on Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning America.

Tawanda "Wa-Wa" Jones, who founded the team 26 years ago, was recently nominated for the CNN Hero award.

Faulk applauded the team for having a 100 percent high school graduation rate for all of its participants. The team is made up of girls ages 3 to 18.

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Julia Terruso started covering Camden and its residents, agencies, government and school district in September 2013. Previously, she worked at the Newark Star-Ledger covering the criminal justice system in Essex County and prior to that Union County.

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