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!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we would love to hear more about it.