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Our Story

In an effort to give back to their community, Top 20, Inc. was formed by female alumni of East Chicago, Indiana Washington High School who performed under the name of Top 20 from 1961 through 1977. During those years they performed at sporting events during halftime, at concerts, and on other special occasions such as dance seminars, parades, and festivals to which the group was invited.


Far more important than the rigorous dance training provided, the founder of Top 20, Mildred M. Ball, instilled values and emphasized character to each of the Top 20 members. The life lessons acquired during their high school years have produced a group of strong women locally and throughout the country that are dedicated to helping girls and boys to succeed.

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Top 20, Inc. is to enable young people to make positive life choices.

Top 20, Inc. sees a bright and successful future for all students where they use:

  • the motion of their bodies to stay fit and have fun,

  • the motion of their minds to think and accomplish great things,

  • the motion of their hearts to do good works, and

  • the motion of their spirit to influence others to be at the TOP of everything they do

Top 20 Choices to Live By

The "Top 20 Choices to Live By" is a checklist that we use as a reminder of the various challenges we all face. The students are encouraged to memorize these positive choices. Poster-sized lists are always visible and lengthy discussions between instructors and students may occur at any given time. As they develop physically and socially, we know their strong character will be an asset to the community, as well as their future endeavors.


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Top 20 Choices to Live By
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