Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the 2019 Dancing With Our Stars local celebrity competitors.
Traci Mason and Greg Perry and William and Renikka Owen are the second set of couples named for the 2019 Dances With Our Stars.
The couples will compete Sept. 7 event at the Alhambra Theatre. This year's competition will feature 16 individuals paired together, with dance experts from Brooke Bailey Dance Addiction + Gymnastics and Bluegrass Dancecats serving as mentors and coaches.
Proceeds from Dancing With Our Stars and the funds raised during the dancing festivities support the missions of both the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary Inc., a nonprofit agency committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Traci Mason and Greg Perry
Greg was born and raised in Hopkinsville, and graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1982. Greg is an avid sports fan. He played baseball and softball growing up and then returned to his alma mater to coach baseball at Hopkinsville High School. He was the assistant coach from the mid 19990s to 2007, then was the head coach from 2007 to 2009 and then again from 2014 to 2016. Greg’s greatest memory from coaching is winning the Regional Tournament in 2015.
Traci is the sales manager at WHOP Radio Group, Lite Rock 98.7 and NewsRadio 1230AM/95.3FM and has been there for the past 16 years. Traci was raised in Southern Illinois in Vienna, Illinois, and graduated from Vienna High School. She then received her Bachelor’s degree from SIU-Carbondale and in 2017 she received her MBA from Murray State University.
WHOP and West Side Body Shop are their co-sponsors.
Greg has three sons, Tyler, Jarod and Wade, and two grandchildren, Ella and Conner. He is engaged to his dance partner, Traci Mason.
Traci has two children, Layton, 15, attends Hopkinsville High School and Maddie, 13, attends Hopkinsville Middle School.
“I was honored to even be thought of (for DWOS),” Traci said. “This is not anything Greg would ever do. When I asked him why he agreed to do it, he told me, ‘I think it was a weak moment.’ We’re excited to do it. I’m excited to help two great organizations. When you can raise money and have fun at the same time, it’s a win-win.”
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William and Renikka Owen
William and Renikka are both employees of Christian County Public Schools. William is a youth service center coordinator at Hopkinsville Middle School. William has an extensive dance background, including numerous dance competitions against family and friends on the XBox connect, over 47,000 hours logged of butt-shaking sweaty Zumba and dancing with the Harambe Village Acrobats in their world-renowned limbo dance routine.
Renikka is an assistant principal at Millbrooke Elementary. In college at Western Kentucky University, Renikka participated in step shows for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Renikka is a 2014 inductee to the Kentucky Prep Softball Hall of Fame, a former member of the Christian County High School Softball coaching staff, and also the preschool coordinator at New Work Fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her son’s YMCA soccer team with William.
Lester Farms and Visions by Debra Wedding Planner are their co-sponsors.
William and Renikka have two children, Daijha 14, and Jordan 8.
“Our hearts pour out to be the hands of Jesus to help in this mission field of Hopkinsville,” Renikka said. “Just getting out there on stage out of our comfort zone is a little uncomfortable and nerve-wracking. The audience should be on the lookout for some outside-the-box things from us.”
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For more information about the event and more local celebrity teams, visit Dancing With Our Stars at www.facebook.com/DancingWithOurStarsHopkinsville/.