Fourteen-year-old Scripps Ranch resident Sophia DeRienzo has been selected as a member of the 2018 USA Tap Dance Team and will be traveling to Riesa, Germany to compete in the World Tap Championships from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. The USA team includes 78 dancers from 18 states who will compete against tap dancers from over 30 countries around the world.

Sophia, an eighth grader at Maranatha Christian School, spends most of her time at So Cal Dance, where she takes classes and is an assistant teacher. She is an active athlete, and has participated in softball, Scripps Ranch National Junior Basketball, and the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club both as a recreational and competitive player. When she’s not dancing, Sophia can be found refereeing at a local soccer field, volunteering at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, or spending time with her friends.

Tune in to the livestream competition on Nov. 27 and cheer on Team USA at