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 half time, 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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Choose to be drug free.


Choose academic excellence.


Choose to provide service to your school and your community.


Choose to accept diversity.


Choose to practice good oral hygiene.


Choose to dream and nurture those dreams.


Choose to encourage, enlighten, and energize those around you.


Choose your words and actions wisely.


Choose to stay active throughout your life.


Choose persistence and perseverance.


Choose to listen to others.


Choose justice and stand up for what is right.


Choose to eat healthy, balanced meals each day.


Choose to think before you act.


Choose love and self-respect.


Choose to dress appropriately.


Choose to learn your bodies so you know when something is wrong.


Choose to be open to new ideas and experiences.


Choose to learn about your community.


Choose to be responsible.