Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Miss Texas 2021: Meet the Twirlers - Miss Midland's OT

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

This is always such an exciting time of year for twirling in Texas. The State Championship just wrapped up, and we are now we are all getting psyched about Miss Texas Week. We are all so happy to get to support FOUR Texas baton twirlers as they compete for the titles of 2021 Miss Texas & Miss Texas Outstanding Teen!

To make sure our twirlers get the proper level of support from the twirling community, leading up to the Miss Texas pageant (June 20th to 26th) we will be doing an interview with the baton twirlers that will be competing. We want to come together and unite to celebrate and support these young women as they represent our community and show Texas what twirlers can do!

Our first Miss Texas OT twirler is the 2021 Miss Midland’s Outstanding Teen, Baryn Brown!


PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING IS OPEN! Help support our Texas Twirlers in their mission to get baton twirling to the Miss Texas OT stage! Top 2 highest "votes" get a guaranteed spot to perform in the finals. Check out Baryn’s People’s Choice Voting Site here. Who wants to see these ladies perform live at the Miss Texas OT Finals? If you do, click on the link and support our twirlers!

Baryn is 14 years old and hails from Midland, TX, and is coached by Marlene Torres. She is in the ninth grade at Midland Christian. Her favorite title twirling win was the Intermediate Pageant at the Double T Contest in Lubbock, and her favorite moment as a twirler was when she got the opportunity to twirl in the Walt Disney World Nighttime Parade.

Miss Texas OT Platform: Braxton’s Brown Bears - Blessing Empty Arms to Remember a Sibling.

Life Motto: Go big or go home!

What made you pursue competing in the MAO? After being a Lone Star Princess for a couple of years, I wanted to be a part of something bigger alongside my passion of servant leadership!

How would you say Baton Twirling has helped you in your MAO journey? It has joined me with my fellow NBTA family in a common goal! We all look out for each other!

Why did you select your platform? My platform is in memory of my brother, Braxton. So many people suffer a loss at one time or another, but it is very difficult on kids who lose a sibling at a young age. Braxton’s Brown Bears is a non profit that my big brother and I started to hand out Angel Bears to kids who have lost a sibling as a way to remember them. They can color their wings and make it their own.


What has been the most rewarding moment as Miss Midland's OT? I really enjoyed crowning each attendant of prom at Bynum School, a school for mentally challenged students. Their smiles were contagious! 

What has been the hardest part about competing in the MAO pageants? Juggling all of the appearances while practicing twirling, interview, on stage routines, and school work!

What advice would you have for other twirlers thinking about going the pageant route? There is a bigger picture to setting a goal! Having fun along the way all while serving others and sharing your heart is the biggest part of Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen!

Any fun or interesting stories or sidenotes you would like to add? I have grown up around Tarabeth Echols Gertsch, and was one of her flower girls in her wedding, but never understood that she was a National level twirler, so I didn’t consider twirling all the years I was around her. I then used to watch Caroline Carothers at the Baylor football games on the field, and still never considered twirling! Then, on Caroline’s Miss Texas talent prelim, I looked at my mom, and said, “I want to do THAT” and the rest is history! All of a sudden, I wanted to twirl like the cool girls, and here I am with my two twirling role models by my side!

How fun is that? We love how twirling brings people together. Thank you so much to Baryn for taking time to answer our questions. We wish you the best of luck as you compete on the Miss Texas OT stage, and just know, all the Texas twirling community is behind you! #TeamTexas supports Miss Midland's OT!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Camp Calendar Series: JJ Superstarzzz Twirling Camp

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

As we all prepare for the NBTA Texas State Championship this weekend, we have another great twirling summer camp to tell you about. Make sure to check out the info below about the awesome JJ Superstarzzz Twirling Camp for a chance to work with some fantastic instructors. 


*REGISTRATION DEADLINE JUNE 15* Interested in attending JJ Superstarzzz Twirling Camp? Check out the Camp Brochure or contact Director Janice Jackson Seamands at jjtwrldnc@aol.com or 214-697-5310.


Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Who: Director Janice Jackson Seamands
What: 2021 JJ Superstarzzz Twirling Camp
Where: White Oak Baptist Church Gym, 117 White Oak Rd, White Oak, TX 75693
When: June 29, June 30, & July 1
Why:  Instruction for Novice to Elite levels. Great for Competition or Field Twirlers. National Prep Classes and Practice Time will be made available to anyone attending National Competitions. 


Wonderful Instructors: All classes will be taught by professional instructors including:

  • World Gold Medalist, Former MMOA, and Twirler for University of Tennessee, Laney Puhalla
  • College MMOS and former Univ. of South Carolina Feature Twirler, Sabrina Smith
  • Former MMOA, World Medalist, and Former Univ. of Louisville Feature Twirler, Steffany Lien
  • World Team Member, and Former Univ. of Nebraska Feature Twirler, Rachel Foehlinger
  • Former SMU Feature Twirler and Former College MMoSW, Alex Bridges


Not only will these instructors be leading classes and prep sessions, but they are all available for private lessons as well! Make sure to include any private lessons requests with your registration!


Camp Logistics: Camp will occur June 29, June 30, and July 1. Cost is $360 for the full camp. Camp includes a healthy lunch each day and a camp t-shirt .

Each day of camp, twirlers will arrive in athletic/practice appropriate clothes and start the day with a group warm-up. They then will divide into sessions rotating each hour to a new class. Twirlers should bring with them their baton(s), twirling shoes, water, snacks, and a willingness to learn and try new things.

If this sounds like something that would be great for your twirler please check out the JJ Superstarzzz Camp Brochure. If you have any questions contact the Camp Director, Janice Jackson Seamands, at jjtwrldnc@aol.com or 214-697-5310.


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Camp Calendar Series: Twirl TEX

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

In less than one week, Twirlers from all over Texas will be in Desoto for the NBTA Texas State Championships. So exciting! This event will be the last step on the way to Junior Olympics for many twirlers, and for others it will be the grand finale to their season.

Regardless of which category you fall in, or even if you aren't attending the State Championships, everyone is beginning to think about what their next move will be once State is over. Will you be going full speed forward training for Junior Olympics, the US Twirling Open, or USTA Nationals? Will you begin learning new routines for the Fall? Or do you just want to take some of your skills to the next level? No matter which option might be the right one for you, this is where camp Twirl Tex comes in!


*REGISTRATION DEADLINE JUNE 14* Interested in attending Twirl TEX? Please visit www.twirltex.co, email twirltex@gmail.com, or call Ashley Wood at 512-848-7426.

*Please Note* There are only about 18 spaces left for this camp as they are almost full. Make sure to get signed up ASAP! Want to sign up but need a payment plan? Email twirltex@gmail.com to set up a payment plan. We can do a 50% deposit at time of registration with the remaining 50% being paid at the door. Use this option to reserve your spot before we fill up. 


Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Who: Directors Ashley Wood & Pat Montgomery
What: 2021 Camp Twirl TEX
Where: Standard of Athletics Gym, 6219 Krempen Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78233


When: June 21st to 24th, 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (half day on the 24th)
Why: Join us for this fun twirling summer camp where we combine twirling, amazing instructors, and twirl friends together to increase skills, challenge campers, and give everyone a positive and motivating experience


Amazing Instructors: This year Twirl TEX is so excited to welcome several out of state instructors that are all University Feature Twirlers as well as World Team Members and/or National Title Holders. 

  • Penn State Blue Sapphires & Three Time Miss Majorette of America, Gillian Brooks
  • ASU Feature Twirler, World Medalist, and Men's National Champion, Bower Sarra
  • Ole' Miss Feature Twirler & World Team Gold Medalist, Alexa Tamburlin


Joining these three fantastic twirlers, will be additional in state instructors

  • Former UTSA Feature Twirler, World Medalist, and Men's National Champion, Michael Lopez
  • Former Arizona Twirler and Current UTSA Twirling Coordinator, Mary Ann Pozzi

Not only will these instructors be leading classes and prep sessions, but they are all available for private lessons as well! Make sure to include any private lessons requests with your registration!


Camp Logistics: Camp will occur June 21st to 23rd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and June 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is also a half day option (9:00 am to Noon or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Cost is $290 for full day or $160 for half day. The full day camp includes a healthy lunch each day. The cost of camp also includes a t-shirt for twirlers to wear on the last day of camp (if registration is received in time) for the parent show-off performance at Noon.

Each day of camp, twirlers will arrive in athletic/practice appropriate clothes and start the day with a group warm-up. They then will divide into hour long sessions rotating each hour to a new class. Lunch is served at Noon, and the day ends at 4:00 pm. Twirlers should bring with them their baton(s), twirling shoes, water, snacks, and a willingness to learn and try new things.


If this sounds like an amazing opportunity and you want to enroll your twirler, please visit www.twirltex.co. If you have any questions, email twirltex@gmail.com, or call Ashley Wood at 512-848-7426.



We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

2021 Southwest Regional Pageant Winners - Advanced Pageant

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

One week and counting until the NBTA Texas State Championship! In this final week leading up to State, we are taking a look back at the 2021 Southwest Regional Championship by honoring the pageant winners. With all the COVID safety precautions in place at Regionals per the facility, we were not able to have our traditional award ceremony. Due to that, here on the blog we are posting the pageant winners for each level with a picture of them in their sash and tiara. It isn't quite the same as stepping up on the blocks and being crowned, but at least we can give them a little recognition before we have our new round of pageant winners from State. Congrats to all of these talented twirlers on their success at Regionals. 

Today we will be recognizing the 2021 Miss Majorettes of the Southwest!




K.K. Tunnell
College Miss Majorette of the Southwest 

K.K. is from Rockwall, Texas, and is a Feature Twirler for Texas Christian University. She is a member of the Texas Touch of Class and is coached by Shirley Payne & Sheila Payne Rigelsky. 


Stephanie McBurnett
Senior Miss Majorette of the Southwest 

Stephanie is from San Antonio, Texas, and is a Feature Twirler for Texas Christian University. She is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes and is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh with additional coaching from Tori Mays. 


Jaidyn Poole
Junior Miss Majorette of the Southwest

Jaidyn is from Katy, Texas, where she is the Feature Twirler for Seven Lakes High School. She is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes and is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh.


Analeia Aleman
Pre-Teen Miss Majorette of the Southwest

Analeia is from Sherman, Texas. She is coached by Brianna Costello-Martin & Christina Aleman. 


Hailey Wood
Juvenile Miss Majorette of the Southwest

Hailey is from Cedar Park, Texas. She is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes and is coached by Kayli Mickey-McIntosh & Patti Mickey for individual events and is a member of Twirl ATX for teams.



CONGRATS TO ALL OUR SOUTHWEST MISS MAJORETTES!



We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

2021 Southwest Regional Pageant Winners - Intermediate Pageant

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!


14 days and counting until the NBTA Texas State Championship! In these weeks leading up to State, we are taking a look back at the 2021 Southwest Regional Championship by honoring the pageant winners. With all the COVID safety precautions in place at Regionals per the facility, we were not able to have our traditional award ceremony. Due to that, here on the blog we are posting the pageant winners for each level with a picture of them in their sash and tiara. It isn't quite the same as stepping up on the blocks and being crowned, but at least we can give them a little recognition before we have our new round of pageant winners from State. Congrats to all of these talented twirlers on their success at Regionals. 

Today we will be recognizing the 2021 Southwest Regional Intermediate Pageant Winners!




Kellen Coke
Senior Intermediate Pageant Winner 

Kellen is from Bullard, Texas, where she is the Feature Twirler for Bullard High School. She is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes and is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh. 


Sophie O'Reilly
Junior Intermediate Pageant Winner 

Sophie is from San Antonio, Texas, where she will be twirling for Claudia T. Johnson High School this fall. She is a member of the Twirling Sweet Sensations and is coached by Michele Pangrac & Mary Ann Pozzi.


Breckyn Steele
Pre-Teen Intermediate Pageant Winner 

Breckyn is from Dallas, Texas. She is a member of the Texas Touch of Class and is coached by Shirley Payne & Sheila Payne Rigelsky.


Lily Easterwood
Juvenile Intermediate Pageant Winner 

Lily is from Spring, Texas. She is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes and is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh.  



CONGRATS TO ALL OUR REGIONAL INTERMEDIATE PAGEANT WINNERS!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Southwest Regional Pageant Winners - Beginner Pageant

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!


24 days and counting until the NBTA Texas State Championship! In the few weeks leading up to State, we will take a look back at the 2021 Southwest Regional Championship by honoring the pageant winners. With all the COVID safety precautions in place at Regionals per the facility, we were not able to have our traditional award ceremony. Due to that, here on the blog we will be posting the pageant winners for each level with a picture of them in their sash and tiara. It isn't quite the same as stepping up on the blocks and being crowned, but at least we can give them a little recognition before we have our new round of pageant winners from State. Congrats to all of these talented twirlers on their success at Regionals. 

Today we will be recognizing the 2021 Southwest Regional Beginner Pageant Winners!




Gracie Lane
Senior Beginner Pageant Winner 

Gracie is from Henderson, Texas, where she is the Feature Twirler for Henderson High School. She is coached by Patti Mickey, Kayli Mickey-McIntosh, and Paige Keitt. 


Elisabeth Kubena
Junior Beginner Pageant Winner 

Elisabeth is from Needville, Texas, where she is a twirler for Needville High School. She is a member of KTPS and is coached by Patti Jan, Tracey Sweeny, and Heather Mikel. 


Aderyn Ferguson
Pre-Teen Beginner Pageant Winner 

Aderyn is from League City, Texas. She is a member of the Golden Girls Baton Twirling Academy and is coached by Yvonne Pedersen. 


Seanna Rigelsky
Juvenile Beginner Pageant Winner 

Seanna is from Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Texas Touch of Class and is coached by Shirley Payne & Sheila Payne-Rigelsky. 


Angela Schultheis
Little Miss Beginner Pageant Winner 

Angela is from Fort Worth, Texas. She is coached by Lynn Winters. 



CONGRATS TO ALL OUR REGIONAL BEGINNER PAGEANT WINNERS!



We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

2021 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Florida Gatorette

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2021-22, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we are announcing one of the newest UF Gatorettes, Halle Burton!


The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, is the home of the Gatorette Twirlers, and it will soon also be the home of #TeamTexas Twirler, Halle Burton! Halle is from San Antonio, Texas, and is coached by Debbie Salem & Shaylie Fawcett, with additional support from the Twirling Sweet Sensations coaches, Michele Pangrac & Mary Ann Pozzi. In 2019 she was named the AYOP Intermediate Junior National Pageant Winner, and this year she was able to fulfill a life long dream when it was announced that she was a part of the 2021-22 Gatorette Twirlers. 

"Since I was six years old and picked up a baton for the first time, I was inspired by the Gatorettes. At the time I was living in Gainesville, Florida, and these college twirlers served as a great example for me. I loved their flashy routines, contagious energy, and positive attitudes, which inspired me to set the goal of becoming a Gatorette myself. Throughout my twirling career, I also worked academically so I could get into the University of Florida. Once I got accepted in February, I just knew it was fate and I excitedly auditioned to be a Gatorette in early May."

There is nothing more amazing that seeing a lifelong dream come true, and we could not be more excited for Halle and the adventures that awaits her in Florida. Congrats Halle, and Go Gators!

(left: Halle as a little Gators Fan. right: Halle during her Gatorette audition)


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.