Reception Planned for Silver Medalist


A welcome home celebration is planned for Saturday morning for an Ottumwa teen who competed in the International Dance Organization’s 2023 World Championship in Mexico City last weekend.

Annelise Bell, 14, of Ottumwa, Iowa, Daughter of Steve Bell and Tasha Bacon-Kimmel, represented the United States Acro-Dance world championships, placing second in the world. Bell earned the silver medal.

Bell’s achievement was recognized by U.S. Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks and entered into the official record on July 25. On August 15, Bell will be recognized at the Ottumwa City Council Meeting.

The public is invited to attend a surprise welcome event for Bell this Saturday, July 29, at 9:00 AM, at Active Kids Dance Studio, 555 Gateway Drive in Ottumwa.

Those attending are encouraged to wear silver and bring posters, balloons, horns, and confetti for the celebration event.

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