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Super Bowl will feature local ties

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The 2012 National Football League Super Bowl will have Clay County connections.

The 46th Super Bowl will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Feb. 5, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on NBC.

Northview Marching Knights' staff members Jon Vanderkolff, Whitney Medworth and Susie Ferreira -- along with Brazil resident Connie Sheehan -- have all been actively involved in the halftime show, which will feature Madonna.

Vanderkolff has been on the NMK staff since 1996. According to NMK Director Bob Medworth, he writes the visual drill for the marching band and for winter guard as well as taking care of the winter guard soundtrack.

Whitney Medworth has been a marching instructor with NMK since 2004. Ferreira joined the staff this year and works as a winter guard instructor.

Bob Medworth said Sheehan had two daughters go through the program a handful of years ago. However, she still helps out, particularly with the sewing of uniforms.

"Everyone is real excited about it," Bob said. "When the Super Bowl committee started asking around Indianapolis, it was fun to know that one of the first names that came up was Whitney."

Currently, Whitney and Ferreira work with Drum Corps International (DCI), which is based in Indianapolis. Annually, the DCI championships take place at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"People at Lucas Oil (Stadium) realized Whitney and Susie worked there," Bob said. "Susie worked at Disneyland. She's really talented."

Since the four have been working on the halftime extravaganza, Bob said things have been hush-hush. In fact, all four had to sign confidentiality agreements.

"They're involved in the rehearsals of it," he said. "I think John may be involved in the creating of it. He's teaching three or four groups right now."

Prior to joining the NMK staff, Vanderkolff was the visual designer of the 1993 Star of Indiana. He has won an Emmy award for the PBS broadcast of "Blast!" and was nominated in 2001 for a Tony award for choreography.

"Jon has done a lot of big-time stuff," Bob said.

Whitney said a co-worker at DCI had contacts with the production company for the halftime show, which helped her get involved.

"They were interested in some local help," Whitney said. "I am a part of the casting team and help manage the different groups that will be participating in the halftime show.

"The different groups will have practiced six or seven times before the actual show. It's a very exciting thing to be a part of, but I can't say much."

Despite not knowing much about the performance, Bob said he's anticipating the action Sunday.

"I can't wait to see it," he said. "They're being so secretive about the show.

There must be some great things that are going to happen.

I think Madonna's people are really trying to take it up a notch."

*Former Northview High School student and current Indianapolis Colts' cheerleader Mara Mayle will be very busy this week.

Mayle, who has been a cheerleader with the Colts for two seasons, will travel along with several NFL players and Colts' mascot Blue, to Camp Atterbury Thursday, at 2 p.m., to meet with more than 1,000 soldiers and their families.

The event will feature autographs, photos, food and beverages along with a question and answer session with the NFL players.

Mayle and the other Colts' cheerleaders will also be around helping with the 2012 Super Bowl festivities. The game will be played Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on NBC. In addition, Mayle was named the Colts' Cheerleader of the Week earlier this month.

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