Monday, October 25, 2021

Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - Texas Tech University Twirlers

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

The final week of October means we are almost into competition time, and football season is starting to wrap up. This group of twirlers has done an amazing job this fall and we love watching them. We especially enjoyed their Instastory Takeover this past weekend and are excited to learn more about this talented group. 

This week’s Collegiate Twirler Spotlight is the Texas Tech University Twirlers!


Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas, is the home of the Red Raiders, and a legacy of wonderful baton twirlers. Rocking the red and black, the Texas Tech Twirlers have had a history of some fantastic talent representing on the field for many, many years. Led by former Texas Tech Feature Twirler and Coach, Bethany Tolley, the 2021 Texas Tech Twirlers are made up of two Feature Twirlers and a Twirling Line. They work together on the field to entertain the crowds and support their Red Raiders.

This year the TTU Twirlers include Chailie Alsaffar (Head), Emma Zuar, Morgyn Hendon, Anna Hughes, Caitlin Woolley, Audrey Hartley, Laney Whitefield, and Features – Abigail Morgan and Kirby Stanek.

We asked the Tech Twirlers what the process was like to be selected to be on the team, and while the general process was the same, some of them had a different experience. As Morgyn told us, “I auditioned right when covid caused the shutdown, so I auditioned by video and interviewed on Zoom. I filmed my audition video on a tennis court, so the process was interesting.” Luckily this past spring, the audition process was able to be back in person. Anna explained to us how it worked. “First we learn a Texas Tech style group routine. Next, we performed the line requirements. Then, we performed a 2-to-3-minute individual routine.” This process makes for a long day, but the most exciting part, as Chailie told us, is that “(after the auditions) I didn’t have to wait too long, because I found out I made it by the end of the day.”


A fun sidenote about the current Texas Tech Feature Twirlers is that they were twirling together long before this Fall. Abigail and Kirby have actually been duet partners for several years, and even won first in Intermediate Duet at AYOP in 2019. We wanted to know what it has been like for them now getting to share the field. Kirby told us, “Having a couple years doing duet together has made taking the field so much easier because we both know how each other twirls. It always feels great when we can look at each other in the middle of pre-game or half time and just give each other a big smile!” Abigail agreed. “It has been so fun! We push each other to be better and have so much fun while we do it!”

Coach Bethany Tolley (whose mother and daughter were also Texas Tech Feature Twirlers!) works hard to ensure the Texas Tech Twirlers are the best representatives of TTU and Baton Twirling as possible. “The Texas Tech Twirlers have been around since 1927. There is a long history of amazing twirlers. I try to honor that legacy. That’s why the Fight Song routine is the same as it has been from the beginning”. While the program has been around for 93 years (wow), the program has evolved as time went on. As for what criteria she now looks for when selecting the line, Bethany told us, "We can take up to 10 twirlers on the line, but I will not sacrifice quality over quantity, so this year we have 7. My new focus on the line is upping the difficulty level. If you are interested in one day being a Tech Twirler, make sure to practice hard and learn lots!”


While each of these twirlers are from Texas, they had many choices of colleges, so we wanted to know what brought them to Tech specifically, and many of them said it was, as Audrey and Abigail put it, “The beautiful campus and the welcoming twirlers!” Morgyn was also especially drawn to the school spirit. “The amount of pride everyone has as a Red Raider is amazing.”

Others knew they wanted to be Red Raiders from when they were little. Laney told us she chose TTU because “Texas Tech has one of the best nutrition programs in the state, and I have dreamed of being a Texas Tech Twirler since I started twirling 13 years ago!” Kirby had a similar experience. “I chose Texas Tech not only because I was raised to be a Red Raider, but also because I knew I wanted to twirl for Bethany Tolley at Tech. It is what I have always dreamed of.” 

While Chailie also loved the campus and the spirit, she really looked at Tech as the whole package when it came to colleges. “Texas Tech checked all the boxes that I wanted in a school. It had a great kinesiology department. It had a twirling team in place, which was really important for me because I wanted to be with a team of twirlers since I twirled alone in high school. Tech was really affordable. I also loved the campus and the traditions. I knew it was going to be home when I came to visit my senior year of high school.”

Now that we have learned about Tech History and why they are at TTU, let’s learn more about the twirlers!

Abigail Morgan, FEATURE TWIRLER
Abigail is from Gonzales, Texas, and is a Senior Biology Major and Chemistry Minor. In addition to being a Feature Twirler, Abigail is also a senator in TTU’s Student Government Association for the College of Arts & Sciences, serves on the Committee for Student Life, is the director of philanthropy events and a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the director of social events for Mortar Board Forum Chapter. She has been twirling for 10 years, and the competition title she is the proudest of earning is the 2020 College Miss Majorette of the Southwest. Her favorite competition tricks are “rolls, rolls, rolls!” and her favorite field trick is elbow pops. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Destiny Lopez, who is the reason Abigail began twirling. After she graduates, she plans to attend dental school followed by a periodontal residency. 

Kirby Stanek, FEATURE TWIRLER
Kirby is from Lubbock, Texas, and is a Freshman studying Kinesiology and Nutrition. In addition to being a Feature Twirler, Kirby is also a sister in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has been twirling for 13 years with coach Bethany Tolley. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was her first National Win… National Solo Champion! Her favorite competition trick is a double illusion, and her favorite field trick is a three baton toss leap. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by former Tech Feature Twirler, Sydney Webster. “Sydney has inspired me ever since I started twirling!” After college she plans to become a strength and conditioning coach. 

Chailie Alsaffar, HEAD TWIRLER
Chailie is from Highland Village, Texas, and is a Junior Kinesiology Major and Biology Minor. In addition to being a Tech Twirler, Chailie is also a member of the Pre-PA Student Organization (PASO), the Service Chair for the Kinesiology and Sport Management Department Ambassadors, and is a sister in the Sigma Phi Lambda Christian sorority. She has been twirling for 10 years and the competition title she is the proudest of earning was the 2020 Southwest Regional Collegiate Downfield Strut Champion. Her favorite competition skill is back neck rolls, and her favorite field trick is a toss cartwheel. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Nicole Jensen. After she graduates, she wants to become a Physicians Assistant and hopefully work in sports medicine, dermatology, or pediatrics. 

Emma Zuar
Emma is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is a Junior Advertising Major. She has been twirling for 17 years with the Vick’s Chicks Coach, Vicki Ray, with additional coaching from the Texas Tech twirling coaches. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by former Vanderbilt Feature Twirler, Haylee Castagna. 




Morgyn Hendon

Morgyn is from Midland, Texas, and is a Senior majoring in social work and minoring in sociology. She has been twirling for eight years and is coached by the Tech coaches. Her favorite field trick is a toss front walkover.






Anna Hughes

Anna is from Nederland, Texas, and is a Junior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. In addition to being a Tech Twirler, she is also a member of the National Student Speech Language Association (NSSLA) and Students for Smile Train. Her favorite field trick is a toss cartwheel, and she has been coached by Phyllis Mosley and Rebecca Neely. After college one of her goals is to be a Speech Pathologist working in a children’s hospital. 

Caitlin Woolley

Caitlin is from Lindale, Texas, and is a Junior majoring in Animal Science on the Pre-Vet track and minoring in agribusiness. In addition to being a Tech Twirler, she is also a member of the Texas Tech Pre-Vet Society and Sigma Alpha. She has been twirling for six years. Her favorite competition tricks are any partner skills, and her favorite field trick is a toss cartwheel. After college she plans to go to Vet school an become a veterinary surgeon. 




Audrey Hartley

Audrey is from Tyler, Texas, and is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. In addition to being a Tech Twirler, she is also a sister in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She has been twirling for five years as a member of the Heart of Texas Twirlers and coached by Beth Maddox. She also gets additional instruction from the Tech Coaches. Her favorite competition skills are anything that deals with body work, and her favorite field trick is a toss front walkover. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Beth Maddox. After college she hopes to apply to medical sales college or continue her education in graduate school.

Laney Whitefield

Laney is from Granbury, Texas, and is a Freshman majoring in Nutrition with a minor in Chemistry & Biology. In addition to being a Tech Twirler, she is also a member of the Pre-Dental Society. She has been twirling for 13 years with the Vick’s Chicks Coach, Vicki Ray. She also gets additional instruction from the Tech Coach, Bethany Tolley. Her favorite competition skills are rolls, and her favorite field trick is either a toss cartwheel or three baton. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by former SMU Feature Twirler, Alex Bridges. After college she plans to attend dental school and hopefully open her own orthodontics practice. 



Fun Facts!
  • Favorite Colors – Lilac (Abigail), Red & Black (Audrey), Blue (Caitlin & Chailie)
  • Favorite Movie or TV Show – James Cameron’s “Avatar” (Abigail), “Grey’s Anatomy” (Chailie), “Mama Mia” (Audrey), “Anything Disney!” (Caitlin)
  • Favorite Music – “Anything by the Beatles” (Abigail), Indie (Chailie), Harry Styles (Audrey), Luke Combs and Dan & Shay (Caitlin)

Favorite Quote…
  • Kirby – Philippians 4:13
  • Chailie – “Be the change you want to see.”
  • Audrey – “Expect the unexpected. Believe you can, and your halfway there!”
  • Caitlin – “According to Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well, that football field out there tonight... that is our universe. Let’s rule it like Titans!”
  • Abigail – “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.”

When they are not twirling, they love to…
  • Abigail – “Get involved! I love being a part of many organizations and being an active member in all of them!”
  • Kirby – “I love to work out with my family at CrossFit Wild West.”
  • Chailie – “Cook, hike, kayak, and spend time with my loved ones.”
  • Emma – “I enjoy drawing, writing, reading, and going to Sonic with my friends.”
  • Morgyn – “Spend time with friends!”
  • Audrey – “Go country dancing!”
  • Laney – “Play tennis, swim, or enjoy time with my friends.”



Something people might not know about them is…
  • Abigail – “I have a Blue Heeler named Moose.”
  • Kirby – “I have extremely curly hair.”
  • Chailie – “I love spending time outdoors!”
  • Audrey – “I have a twin sister!”

Best moment as a baton twirler…
  • Abigail – “Either when Kirby and I caught an exchange that went from one 40-yard-line to the other 40-yard-line, or when I got to spend my last first gameday in Houston, exactly where my first first game day at TTU was!”
  • Kirby – “Performing at my High School’s pep rallies, and also the playoff football games I got to perform at.”
  • Chailie – “My favorite moment was hearing the roar of the crowd at my very first performance in the Jones AT&T Stadium.”
  • Emma – “When you inspire someone else to start twirling.”
  • Morgyn – “Making the Texas Tech twirling line!”
  • Audrey – “Making the twirling line at Texas Tech, and when new costumes come in!”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler…
  • Kirby – “At one of my high school pep rallies, I got to perform a routine with some of my guy friends and the crowd thought it was hilarious. Definitely an unforgettable performance.”
  • Chailie – “My funniest is also slightly embarrassing. During my freshman year we were rehearsing a routine to perform at ‘raider alley’, which is basically a pep rally, and I did a high kick and fell flat on my back. It was just one of those fail moments that you have to laugh at and I really wish someone had it on video.”
  • Audrey – “Falling on your face after learning a new trick and being so sore you can’t walk.”



Most memorable advice from their coach…
  • Abigail – “When it comes to performing, if you feel silly, you are doing it right!”
  • Kirby – “Take my routines trick by trick.”
  • Chailie – “Always watch the baton go up!”
  • Audrey – “Smile and have fun!”
  • Anna – “Keep smiling no matter what happens.”

#1 non-twirling life skill learned from baton twirling…
  • Abigail – “Interview skills and being able to hold myself up high with confidence!”
  • Kirby – “Interview! The interview process has made a major impact on my life, and has taught me how to speak in front of so many people.”
  • Chailie – “Time management!”
  • Emma – “You can achieve anything when you work hard.”
  • Audrey – “Presentation!”

Advice to future twirlers…
  • Abigail – “Enjoy every moment of twirling! When you are stressed about that competition or trick, remember that twirling is FUN!”
  • Kirby – “Remember that it is not always about the tricks you are doing but rather the performance you are putting on.”
  • Chailie – “Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying.”
  • Audrey – “Don’t make it about the competition… practice and perform because you love the sport!”
  • Laney – “All of the hours in the gym will pay off before you know it. Your hard work will not go unnoticed either. Try to incorporate a new training technique into every practice. This will help keep you motivated during practices.”



Best Texas Tech School Tradition…
  • Abigail – “Tortilla throwing at the beginning of the game.”
  • Kirby – “When the fans throw tortillas at the games.”
  • Chailie – “When our horse, Fearless, runs across the field during pregame.”
  • Emma – “Hearing the matador song after every win.”
  • Morgyn – “Throwing tortillas at football games.”
  • Anna – “Carol of the Lights.”
  • Laney – “My personal favorite is ‘Raider, Power’. It gives me chills every time.”

Tips to a twirler going through the college audition process…
  • Abigail – “Have fun with it and show your personality in every movement!”
  • Kirby – “Make sure you PERFORM! Not only the tricks, but with your smile too!”
  • Chailie – “Remember to put on a show every time you perform, even if you are sending in a recording of yourself. Don’t be afraid to show your personality when you twirl and grab the attention of your audience. The band directors and/or twirling directors want to see that you can entertain thousands of people in a large stadium/”
  • Laney – “Keep practicing and perform your routine in front of an audience! This is the best way to become comfortable for auditions and help ease the nerves!”



The past year was unprecedented, and we wanted to know how it affected these twirlers, and what they did to stay motivated. Abigail told us how she learned to appreciate the moments while she can get them. “Just as most other young adults’ experiences, the lack of social interaction was impactful on my mental health and I struggled with keeping my motivation for school, twirling, and other things in my life. I worked hard to hold myself accountable with a planner and daily checklist. I now hold every experience a little closer to my heart knowing that it could be taken away.”

Kirby found a way to make sure that, even with the crazy events going on, she kept her focus on her dreams. “I knew that even though last year was not easy, my dream was to twirl at Texas Tech, and I knew I had to do everything possible to make that happen.” Chailie also had a dream she was chasing that kept her moving forward. “I competed at Miss Texas, so that motivated me to continue practicing even though I was unsure about whether I would ever get to perform on the field again. After getting sent home during my spring semester of freshman year, I really missed competition season, especially nationals. So, when I returned to campus in the fall, I never took any twirling moment for granted, even twirling in the stands, because I never knew when it was going to be my last performance.”


Being able to have a semi-normal year, we asked these twirlers what they were looking forward to the most. Anna told us it was being back on the field. “Last year we were not able to perform pregame or halftime on the field. This year I was very excited to be back on the field performing both!” Morgyn was also excited about being on the field, but for her, it was the first time as a collegian. “I was so excited to get to perform pregame on the field this year. I’ve looked forward to doing it since I was in middle school!”

Chailie found that she didn't know how much she missed their performances until she was back in performance mode. “After our first home game I realized how much I missed out on a true football season last year. Last year there were barely any fans in the stands, the twirlers were not allowed on the field at all, and we did not travel to any away games. At our first home game of this year, I was overcome with emotion during pregame when I finally heard the crowd singing out alma mater song and the fight song." Kirby also felt the emotions of having a real Game Day. “Twirling on game day in front of a full stadium is an indescribable feeling and makes every single practice worth it."

We want to send a big thank you to the Texas Tech Twirlers for sharing their game day with us and telling us more about their experiences in Raiderland. We hope they have an amazing rest of their season and we can't wait to see them on the competition floor. Wreck 'Em Tech!


Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

Contest Calendar Series - 2021 Fall Twirling Festival

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

You know competition season is almost here when we are only days away from the entry deadline for the first Texas NBTA contest of the season, and less than a month away from the actual event! Wow! Make sure you have www.texastwirl.com/contests.html bookmarked on your phone or computer so that you always know where to find the upcoming contest calendar and links to all the entry forms as they become available.

Today we have our first Contest Calendar Series of the new season, the 2021 Fall Twirling Festival!


Please note that the deadline for this competition is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31ST!
Registrations can be submitted online by visiting the Online Registration site. 
For more information, please contact the contest director at michele.pangrac@gmail.com.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Director Michele Pangrac 
What: 2021 Fall Twirling Festival
When: Saturday, November 20, 2021. Facility opens at 8:00 am. Contest begins at 8:30 am.
Where: George Gervin Center Gym, 6903 S Sunbelt Dr, San Antonio, TX 78218


Why: This is a great contest to jump start the competitive twirling season and put new routines and tricks on the floor! Casual atmosphere, great facility with plenty of space, and qualified judges, makes for a wonderful event to get back on the floor.

CONTEST HASHTAG: #falltwirlfest2021
For this event we would love to see our Texas twirlers utilize the hashtag #falltwirlfest2021 when posting photos of this competition on social media. Don't forget to tag @twirlingiscatchingtx on Instagram or Facebook and we may share your pic on one of our pages.

HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: This year they will once again offer the Turkey Trick Contest! This will happen at lunchtime, and for a cash donation (of your choice amount) that goes to help feed families that are less fortunate, your twirler can compete against other twirlers in their competition level to show off their best trick! You can help a good cause and try to win a super cute turkey trick trophy at the same time!

2020 Turkey Trick Winners

MUST KNOW CONTEST INFO!

Pre-Order Lunch:
The concession stand will have drinks and snacks available, but if you are interested in having Chick-Fil-A lunch, you must pre order using the link at www.twirlingsweetsensations.org/blank

No Dresses: Since this contest is so early in the season, to make it a little easier on everyone, there will be no dresses for model pageant or advanced pageant. Please plan to do all modeling in costume. 

Award Postings: All awards will be posted online throughout the day, and awards will be available for pick up at the end of the contest, or when all your twirler's events have been completed.


Bring Your Own Chairs: While there are several rows of bleachers at the facility, to allow for more spacing between groups, please bring your own portable chairs/seats. 

COVID-19 Precautions: Masks are to be worn by all attendees, including twirlers, unless they are actively twirling. Masks will be worn by the twirlers and judges during interview. Please utilize hand sanitizer and maintain social distance wherever possible. 

Want to attend this event? 

Please visit the Online Registration Page or contact michele.pangrac@gmail.com with any questions!


We hope you found this edition of the Contest Calendar Series useful. We are always looking for new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some info we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more!


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Friday Night Lights Feature - Melisa High School Twirler

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Another great weekend of twirling means we are almost done with marching band season. Can you believe it? Only a few more weeks with these amazing twirlers representing on their High School fields. We hope all of you are enjoying it while it lasts. We know we will miss it! In the meantime, we have another Feature Interview with one of our awesome Texas Twirlers for your reading enjoyment this lovely Sunday. 

This week’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Melissa High School Twirler!


Melissa High School, located in Melissa, Texas, is the home of the Cardinals, and this senior Feature Twirler. Hollyn Fleming-Stump has been bringing baton twirling to the MHS Community for several years now, and we are excited to learn more about her. 

First we asked her what the process was to become the Feature Twirler at MHS, and she told us, “You make up a routine, go in front of the band directors, and hope for the best!” 


Luckily this worked out in Hollyn’s favor, and she has been doing an amazing job representing MHS. We wanted to know what her favorite part about marching season is and she said it was just being a part of the band program in general. “My band has an amazing support system!”

This is also part of what she will miss when she graduates. “The parents are so amazing and supportive. I do not know what we would do without them!”

Now that we have learned more about being a part of the MHS, lets learn more about Hollyn!

Hollyn Fleming-Stump
, Senior
Competition Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Holly has been twirling for six years with the Dixie Diamonds in Shreveport, Louisiana. The competition event that she is the proudest of winning is the USTA Central Regional Freestyle First Place for two years running. Her favorite field trick is any leap, including firebirds and split leaps. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by her mom. After high school she hopes to attend college to study anthropology.




Fun Facts!
Favorite Color – Yellow
Favorite Move – “Mama Mia”
Favorite Music Style – Any
Favorite Book – “Hamlet”
Favorite Quote – “Just Go For It!”

When she is not twirling, she loves to…
“Hang out with my friends!”
 
Something most people might not know about her is...
“I have a bone disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta.”

#1 non-twirling life skill she has learned from baton twirling…
“Patience with myself and people around me.”


Most memorable tip from her coach…
“Advil, breakfast of champions!”

Advice for future twirlers…   
“Stretch, stretch, stretch!”

Favorite moments as a baton twirler…
“When little kids want to say hi or just say that it is so cool.”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler… 
“One of the high school boys came out from the stands and started twirling with me.”


Best MHS School Tradition…
“When everyone chants ‘Let’s go big red! Ahhhhhh! Oh!'” 

Best MHS Band Tradition…
“Last time, best time!” 

The past year has been very unprecedented. We wanted to know what kept Hollyn motivated and working toward her goals, and she told us just remembering what she was doing it all for. “Knowing what it was like to twirl and wanting to experience it again, kept me practicing a lot.”

All the uncertainty created many life challenges, and we wanted to know what Hollyn learned from all of this, and she told us, “I am graduating a year early and that has caused me to grow up a lot faster.”

We want to thank Hollyn for sharing her experiences with us, and we want to wish her an amazing rest of her Senior Year. Go Cardinals!


Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - University of Connecticut Feature Twirler

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

The weather is finally changing and it is starting to feel like Fall here in Texas! We love this part of the season, and we are once again excited to feature another one of our Miss Majorette of Texas title holders. We really enjoyed following her Instastory Takeover from the UConn vs Yale game, and we are happy to share more about this wonderful representative of our sport. 

This week’s Collegiate Twirler Spotlight is the University of Connecticut Feature Twirler!


The University of Connecticut, located in Storrs, Connecticut, is the home of the Huskies. It is also the home of a history of fantastic twirlers, which is why #TeamTexas was ecstatic to see our very own Texas Twirler, Maggie Barnett, named as their Feature Twirler! 

We asked Maggie what made her choose UConn, and she told us it was the perfect combination of academics and a chance to twirl for an amazing school. “When I came to UConn for the first time I fell in love with the campus and the people here. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive. UConn is not only a great school for twirling, but it also has an excellent music program and political science department, which were great for both of my majors.”

With each school having a different approach to naming their twirlers, we wanted to know what Maggie did to earn her spot. “The audition process at UConn is very individualized. You first email the band director about your interest in being a feature twirler at UConn. You also include information about yourself and some videos of you twirling. You then get invited to audition in person and where you will twirl and also talk more with Dr. Mills about twirling at UConn.”


Through this process, Maggie will be able to continue representing UConn for several years. “At UConn we only audition once, and the spot is ours until we graduate, but UConn will have more than one twirler.”

Choosing to go to UConn was a great decision for Maggie. Making the choice to go out of state is often a difficulty one, but not for her. “I have always wanted to go to school out of state. Being on the east coast does provide so many great opportunities and connections for me to explore music performance and political science. I would encourage twirlers looking to go to school out of state to get out their options. It is a great opportunity that will allow you to experience and learn so many new things.”

While it has been a wonderful experience for Maggie, we did want to know what she has missed the most not being in Texas. “This is silly but the one thing I do miss about Texas is being so close to so many Chick-fil-A’s. There are only eleven in the entire state of Connecticut and the closest one to me is thirty minutes away.”

Now that we have learned what brought Maggie to UConn, let’s learn more about her. 

Maggie Barnett
Maggie is a sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, and is majoring in Music Performance (oboe) and Political Science. In addition to being the Feature Twirler, she also plays oboe in the University’s symphonic band and symphonic orchestra. She has been twirling for 15 years with coach Janice Jackson Seamands. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was the 2021 College Miss Majorette of Texas. In baton twirling she has been very inspired by the former UConn Twirlers. “All of the UConn twirler alum are not only such great twirlers, but they are also amazing people. They have been so welcoming and supportive and they inspire me in so many ways.” Her favorite competition tricks are rolls or five turns, and her favorite field trick is elbow pops into a split. After college, she hopes to attend law school and play oboe professionally, or teach private lessons.



Fun Facts!
Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite TV Shows – Law & Order and Dance Moms
Favorite Music – “I listen to a lot of different types of music, but my favorite artists right now are Taylor Swift and SZA.”

Favorite Quote…
“The best things in life are worth waiting for.”

When she is not twirling, she loves to…
“Listen to music and spending time with my friends.”

Something people might not know about her is…
“I am a geography nerd. I can name all of the countries, their capitals, and other random facts about them.”

Favorite moment as a baton twirler…
“My favorite moment as a baton twirler would have to be at the end of the second day of our preseason in August when our band director Dr. Mills introduced me to the entire band. He then had me twirl to the fight song for the first time while the band made a giant arc around me on our practice field. It was so exciting to finally get to twirl with the UCMB in person.”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler…
“One day at band rehearsal some of the graduate assistants started naming some of the tricks I do in part of our show after Taco Bell menu items. Now every time we run the show and I get to that part we all start laughing. (For reference, horizontal finger twirls are also known as the ‘Baja Blast Freeze’ and whenever I am doing a leap, that means the Taco Bell is closed).”

Most memorable advice from her coach…
“Remember to always positively represent yourself because as a feature twirler you are not only representing your school, but you are also a representative for the sport of baton twirling.”


#1 Non-Twirling Life Skill she has learned from baton twirling…
“The most important life skill I have learned from baton twirling would have to be how to interview. Interview skills are so important and baton twirling gives you so many opportunities to practice those skills.”

Best UCONN School Tradition…
“My favorite school tradition would have to First Night. First Night is an event held at Gampel Pavilion that kicks off the start of basketball season and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are introduced. The cheer and dance teams perform, and the twirler also gets to perform with the drumline.”

Best UCONN Band Tradition…
“My favorite band tradition would have to be when the band gets ice cream after performing at halftime during the football games.”

Advice for a twirler about to start college auditions…
“Trust the process and never give up. You will end up where you are supposed to be.”

We experienced a very unprecedented year last year. We wanted to know what Maggie learned from that experience and how she stayed motivated, and she told us, “Not getting to perform on the field last year was difficult, but I had to have a lot of patience. I also constantly reminded myself that I needed to twirl just as good, if not better, than I did when I auditioned prior to COVID, because that was the twirler UConn was expecting. In addition, it helped me a lot to watch videos of the alumni twirlers and marching band shows from previous years. Now that I am on campus, I am happier than ever and I know that getting to perform with the Pride of Connecticut was worth the wait.”

Finally, we asked Maggie is she had any final insights she wanted to share with our #TeamTexas readers, and she wanted to emphasize making sure your school choices are well rounded. “I feel like it is so important to not only pick a school where you will be happy twirling, but also where you will be happy learning. Twirling for a school is such an incredible and rewarding opportunity but academics and your education are the most important thing.”

We want to thank Maggie for sharing her Game Day and her experiences with us. We are so proud to see this Texas girl rocking it in Connecticut and we wish her a great rest of the year. Go Huskies!


Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Friday Night Lights Feature - Needville High School Twirlers

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

What a fun weekend of field twirling! It never gets old! This past Friday we had fun watching these awesome twirlers do our Instastory Takeover, and are super excited that the next day all four of them earned Division 1 ratings at their Region UIL Solo & Ensemble contest. Congrats ladies! Now we look forward to learning more about these State Bound twirlers and their twirling experiences.  

This week’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Needville High School Twirlers!


Needville High School is located in Needville, Texas, and is the home of the Blue Jays! Being close to several awesome twirling studios, NHS has had a great twirling presence in their community, and this Fall is no different. The 2021-2022 Needville High School Twirlers are Emily Wittneben (Head Twirler), Elisabeth Kubena, Hope DeLeon, and Kenzie Dees!

We asked these twirlers what the audition process at NHS is like. Elisabeth told us about Try Out day. “We have a try out day in the spring. On tryout day, we are judged on fundamentals, a twirl solo to music of our choice, and a group routine that we learn the week before during open gym practices.  Sometimes we even have had to play our instrument for try outs.”

A fun fact about these twirlers is that after they made the NHS twirling team for Fall 2021, they trained and took a routine to the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics and earned a GOLD MEDAL for their High School Majorette Line routine. #TeamTexas was so excited to see them earn this honor!


There are many great traditions in Needville, but the twirlers all agree that the Victory Bell is one of the most memorable. As Emily told us, “The best school tradition is ringing the victory bell,” and while Kenzie and Elisabeth agree, Hope has a different favorite. “On every home game we walk from the high school over to the stadium as a band and walk around the track all together.”

They also have a ton of fun being a part of the Needville HS Marching Band program. One tradition their band has that they will always remember is their trips to Golden Corral after marching contests. It has become such a fun outing for the band that, as Emily tells us, the band screams to go there after contests are over. Elisabeth enjoys those trips too, but says she also really loves their “Water Day” during summer band. “On our last day of summer band practices, a fire truck comes and sprays water, and the seniors throw water balloons and silly string at everyone, then the freshman have to clean it all up!”

Now that we have learned a more about being at NHS, let’s learn more about the twirlers themselves!

Head Twirler: 
Emily Wittneben, Senior 
Competition Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Emily has been twirling for 15 years with School Coach, Patti Jan, KTPS Coaches Patti Jan & Tracey Sweeney, and Jana’s School of Dance Senior Gem’s Coach, Jana Reid. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was the Marching Auxiliary National Twirling Solo Champion, and her favorite field tricks are toss leaps. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Madi Jan. After High School she plans to go to college to be a Health Information Manager, and also one day teach twirling.


Elisabeth (Lissa) Kubena,
Sophomore
Competition Level: Intermediate

Elisabeth has been twirling for 9+ years with coaches Heather Holland Mikel, Jana Reid (Sr. Gems), and Tracey Sweeney & Patti Jan with KTPS. The competition title she is the proudest of winning was the 2021 Junior Beginner Southwest Regional Pageant. Her favorite tricks are elbow pops into a one spin, and anything three baton! In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Rachel Foehlinger and Michael Lopez. After High School she hopes to continue twirling in college while double majoring in Business and Dance. “I am not sure where I want to go to college yet, but my big dream is to have my own dance and twirl studio one day.”

Hope DeLeon,
Freshman
Competition Level: Novice

Hope has been twirling for 9 years with school coach, Patti Jan, and KTPS Coaches Tracey Sweeney & Patti Jan. The competition title she is the proudest of earning is the MA State Twirling Solo Champion, and her favorite field trick is a toss illusion. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by her teammate Emily Wittneben. After High School she would love to be a feature twirler at a good college.  



Mackenzie (Kenzie) Dees
, Freshman
Competition Level: Novice/Beginner

Kenzie has been twirling for 10 years with school coach, Patti Jan, and KTPS Coaches Tracey Sweeney & Heather Mikel. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was Strut Queen, and her favorite field trick is a toss, stag leap, roll. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by her cousin and teammate, Emily Wittneben. After high school she plans to go to college and study to become a biochemist. 



Fun Facts!
  • Favorite Color – Light Blue (Emily & Hope), Pink (Elisabeth), Purple (Kenzie)
  • Favorite Movie – “Aquamarine” (Emily), ”Avengers” (Elisabeth), The Iron Man Movies (Hope), Naruto (Kenzie)
  • Favorite Music – “All Kinds” (Emily), “Pop” (Elisabeth), 
  • Favorite Book – “The Selection Series” by Kiera Cass (Elisabeth)
  • Favorite Class – Health Care/Nursing Career Classes (Hope)

Favorite Quote…
  • Emily – “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
  • Elisabeth – “Practice like the world is watching.”
  • Hope – “What you put in it is what you get out of it.”
  • Kenzie – “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Mae West

When they are not twirling, they love to…
  • Emily – “Hang out with my friends.”
  • Elisabeth – “Dance (especially ballet and pointe) and play my flute.”
  • Hope – “Spend time with my little brother and watch him grow (he was born just a few months ago).”
  • Kenzie – “Hang out with friends and read or draw.”

Something most people might not know about them is... 
  • Emily – “I love dachshunds.”
  • Elisabeth – “I love to cook and bake.”
  • Hope – “I really enjoy twirling, and I hope to become better and better every day so that I have a good chance of making a college feature twirler spot one day.”
  • Kenzie – “I like to watch anime.”



#1 non-twirling life skill they have learned from baton twirling…
  • Emily – “Work hard for what you want.”
  • Elisabeth – “Definitely time management!”
  • Hope – “If you really want something accomplished you will put in the effort to make it happen.”
  • Kenzie – “I have learned that in everything you do you have to be confident about it.”

Most memorable advice from their coaches…
  • Emily – “Just have fun.”
  • Elisabeth – “Don’t let other people undermine your confidence. You know what you are capable of, so go for it!”
  • Hope – “Always pay attention and focus on what you are doing.”
  • Kenzie – “The best you can do is the best you can do.”

Advice to future twirlers...
  • Emily – “Find your motivation to practice.”
  • Elisabeth – “Just put on your favorite music and practice what you need to. Good music always helps!”
  • Hope – “Always count to stay together because it looks so much better when the team is together. If just one person is off count, the team doesn’t look good.”
  • Kenzie – “Stick with it and make it your whole life if you love it that much.”



Favorite moment as a baton twirler …
  • Emily – “My favorite moment is the ending of the halftime show when you’ve done your best and you do the fight song off the field.”
  • Elisabeth – “Just anytime I am having fun with my twirling friends.”
  • Kenzie – “My favorite moments are when we perform on the big floor as a whole big group. It is so much fun!”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler… 
  • Emily – “A memorable twirl moment was finding a mouse in the twirling room walls.”
  • Elisabeth – “While we were marching a half time performance last year, my fake hair scrunchie flew off my head during a spin. I didn’t know it had flown off and I just kept twirling like normal. My band director saw something on the field and thought it was a squirrel – but it was my fake hair!”
  • Hope – “We four twirlers are always laughing and smiling, but I would have to say that the funniest twirl moment was when we were doing the fight song and the football players came out on the field. I turned and did a big loop and accidentally hit a football player in the head, but luckily he had a helmet on.”
  • Kenzie – “The funniest thing that has happened to me was when I hit my eye in the middle of a routine and started crying, but finished the routine with no more drops.”

Favorite thing about marching season...
  • Emily – “My favorite thing about marching season is showing everyone what we have practiced so hard for.”
  • Elisabeth – “Eating at Golden Corral after marching contests.”
  • Hope – “Just spending time together as a band and as a group.”
  • Kenzie – “Performing for the judges.”



What will you miss the most when marching season is over?
  • Emily – “I will miss the special and funny moments most after marching season is over.”
  • Elisabeth – “The fun of Friday night games.”
  • Hope – “What I will miss most is the practices and time we spend together. We have become very close.”
  • Kenzie – “I will miss being with my friends and how close we have become.”

We experienced a very unprecedented year last year. How did you keep yourself motivated?
  • Emily – “I knew that this year we had to work hard coming off of a year with not as many opportunities to twirl.”
  • Elisabeth – “There is a park close to my house with a basketball pavilion.  I would go there almost every day to practice and try to teach myself new things.  I didn’t feel the pressure of competition and I really improved my twirling skills more than I realized.”  
  • Hope - “I kept practicing and knew that I would get better and better the more that I practiced.  So, know that I put a lot of work into this it makes me want to go out there and show everyone what I have been working so hard on.”
  • Kenzie - “Everybody said it was so much fun when they did it before, so I worked hard so I could try it!!”



Over the last year, what lessons did you learn from the experience of dealing with COVID?
  • Emily – “I learned that everyone will learn to adapt in challenging times and learn to work together for the benefit of everyone else.”
  • Hope – “Never take things for granted!”
  • Kenzie – “I developed really bad anxiety over quarantine and I helped overcome it by twirling.”

How has COVID affected your school's football season last year vs this year. What are you looking forward to this year that you didn’t get to do last year due to Covid?
  • Emily – “Last year, we were not allowed to travel to all of the away games, and I’m glad that we now get to show our skills with our football team everywhere.”
  • Elisabeth – “We were lucky to be at a school that, other than having to wear masks, were able to have a somewhat normal year last year.  We have been able to still twirl at the football games both years.”
  • Hope – “Last year there were no pep rally’s and it was hard wearing masks at every football game. Our make up would be ruined and would leave marks. This year, my freshman year, I had to miss what would have been my first high school football game because I ended up testing positive on the third day of school, which made me really upset.”
  • Kenzie – “It was a big difference because last year I was in Jr High and they only had about 5 games while this year we have a full season and are in full swing with Marching Season!”

We want to say thank you to Emily, Elisabeth, Hope, and Kenzie for sharing their game day and their twirling experiences with us. We with them tons of luck with the rest of marching season and we can't wait to hear how they do at the Texas State S&E Competition in May! Go Blue Jays!



Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - San Diego State University Feature Twirler

 
Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

As we cross in to the middle of October, which puts us halfway through football season, we are excited to feature one of our Miss Majorette of Texas title holders. We hope you enjoyed following her Instastory Takeover all the way from California, and we know you will enjoy learning more about this talented twirler. 

This week’s Collegiate Twirler Spotlight is the San Diego State University Feature Twirler!


San Diego State University, located in San Diego, California, is the home of the Aztecs, and led by SDSU twirling coach and former College Miss Majorette of America, Catherine Watters, they are becoming a growing presence in elite baton twirling. It is also the new home of Texas Twirler turned California girl, Kaylynn Lambert! Kaylynn is a well known name in Texas, and we were all very excited to see her named as the sole SDSU Feature Twirler for Fall 2021. Since she headed out to California, we have loved seeing the videos and pictures of her wowing the Aztec community, and are happy to see such a great representative of Texas and baton twirling holding that position. 

We asked Kaylynn why she decided to attend SDSU, and she told us, “I chose SDSU because of the research opportunities I will be able to obtain as I continue in college, as well as the amazing experience I had with the band program at a past SDSU Twirler Day!”

With her audition process falling in the weird COVID year last Spring, we wanted to know what Kaylynn had to do to earn her position. “SDSU’s audition process was completely online this year due to COVID. I submitted a down the field routine to the fight song and a multiple baton routine to my choice of music, and then followed it up with a zoom interview.”

In choosing to go to SDSU, Kaylynn made the decision to not only go out of state, but halfway across the country. We wanted to know what helped her make that decision, and what challenges she has faced being so far from home. “I chose to go out of state because I have always craved independence and what better way to get than moving 1500 miles away! I struggled with the stress of living without my parents there to cook my food, help me with school, and just be there to talk to. However, I have gotten involved more in the variety of communities on campus so it’s easier to live so far away from home. Going out of state is a great way to get yourself used to living independently and while it can be scary at times, overall, it helps you grow as a person! Plus, you get to meet so many new people that come from all over the world!!

Now that we know how she ended up in Cali, let's learn more about her twirling experiences!

Kaylynn Lambert

Kaylynn is a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, and is majoring in Biology. She has been twirling for 13 years. Currently a member of the Mickey’s Majorettes, she is coached by Patti Mickey and Kayli Mickey-McIntosh, as well as SDSU Twirling Coach Catherine Watters. The competition titles she is the proudest of earning were the 2021 Senior Miss Majorette of Texas and being awarded the Major Margaret Mann “Innovative Choreography Award” for her Senior Advanced Solo. Her favorite field tricks involve two batons. “I absolutely love doing really cool two baton tricks on the field. My favorite are opposition tricks!” In baton twirling she has always looked up to and been inspired by Caroline Carothers. After college she hopes to get into graduate school and earn her Masters. 
 

Fun Facts!
Favorite Color – White
Favorite Music Genre – soft pop music.
Favorite Movie – “That is really hard to pick but I think it would have to be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Favorite Quote…
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” - from The Alchemist

When she is not twirling, she loves to... 
“Watch Netflix and spend time with my family and friends.”

Something people might not know about her is... 
“I played French Horn from 5th grade-11th grade.”

Best moment as a baton twirler…
“The best moment I have ever experienced as a baton twirler was a very recent interaction I had with some little kids after a football game. They were so excited and happy to hear about twirling and it just reminded me of why this sport is my absolute favorite!”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler…
“The funniest moments I have had as a baton twirler were during team practices because my teammates would always make the funniest jokes.”
 
Most memorable advice from her coach… 
“Mrs. Mickey once told me that the judges always want to see you succeed and that they are cheering you on as you perform. Any time that I get nervous I just think about that, and it helps instantly.”


The #1 non-twirling life skill she has learned from baton twirling…
“Twirling has taught me how to effectively and confidently communicate with adults, which is super important.”

Advice to future baton twirlers…
“The hardest part about trying out for college twirling positions is not knowing where you will end up, but I promise that you will end up in a place that is best for you!”

Best SDSU School Tradition…
“My favorite school tradition is Aztec Nights which are events the school puts on every Friday that go until 2 am most days!”

Best SDSU Band Tradition…
“My favorite band tradition is when the whole band runs onto the field at the beginning of our pre-game show.”

Advice for a twirler about to go into the college auditions…
“To trust the process, even if you feel hopeless, because it will all work out for the best in the end.”
 
We experienced some unprecedented circumstances last year. We wanted to know how Kaylynn kept her motivation up and what she learned from the situation. She told us, “I stayed motivated by looking into the future and setting goals for the next competition season! I did face challenges at the beginning of the pandemic because I wasn’t managing my time, but I learned that practicing for a few hours every day really brightened my mood! Also, the lesson I took away from COVID was that I need to appreciate the time I have with those around me”
 
We want to thank Kaylynn for sharing her Game Day with us and we loved learning more about her and her experiences. We are so proud of Kaylynn and what she is accomplishing and we know she will continue to grow the twirling presence at SDSU. Way to go Kaylynn, and GO AZTECS!!


Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Friday Night Lights Feature - Joaquin High School Feature Twirler

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Another great Friday night is in the books! We love seeing those sparkling costumes and bright smiles on the fields all over Texas. I don't think that feeling will ever get old. It was great to see all the sparkles in this week's Instastory Takeover, and now we look forward to learning more about the Feature Twirler that shared her Game Day experience with us. 

This week’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Joaquin High School Feature Twirler!


Joaquin High School, located in Joaquin, Texas, is the home of the Rams, and this week’s Friday Night Lights Feature – Avery Prnka! We asked Avery how she was named Feature Twirler… the first at JHS in 17 years! “We first have a teacher evaluation, interview with the panel of judges, then perform our routine.”

Marching season has become a favorite time of year for Avery, and as a senior, this is her last one with the Ram community. We wanted to know what her favorite part of marching season was, and she told us it is, “getting to showcase my drill every Friday night to a different crowd because there’s always someone new in the stands.”

We also asked what she will miss the most about being the Joaquin Feature Twirler when she graduates, and of course it was the supportive community. “I will definitely miss the feeling I get when I’m about to take the field and the crowds excitement.” 

Now that we have learned a little more about how she became the Feature, lets learn about Avery!

Avery Prnka,
Senior
Competition Level: Intermediate

Avery has been twirling for 8 years as a member of the Heart of Texas Twirlers and coached by Beth Maddox. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was SWTA Outstanding Performer, and her favorite field trick is a toss illusion. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by Caroline Carothers. After High School she plans to start the process to get her Real Estate License and then attend a school to get her Dental Hygienist degree.






Fun Facts!
Favorite Color – Pink
Favorite Music – Facing the Giants
Favorite Book – “Everything Always”
Favorite Quote - Philippians 1:6

Life Motto…
“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of God.”

When she is not twirling she loves to…
“Spend time with my friends and family!”

Something people might not know about her is...

“I am obsessed with Disney World!!”


#1 non-twirling life skill she has learned from baton twirling…
“To persevere through anything you face, and to be your best no matter the circumstances.”

Most memorable advice from her coach…

“No matter the drops, the mistakes, or anything you face, that doesn’t define you, and if you aren’t having fun, nothing else matters.”

Advice to future twirlers…
“Stay focused and grounded in your ability to know you can do things. Don’t skip a day in the gym, but make practice fun and truly enjoy the talent you have!”

Favorite moment as a baton twirler…
“I would say my favorite moment as a baton twirler was the first night taking the field as the first feature twirler in 17 years at my school!”


Funniest memory as a baton twirler…
“Before my stadium got turf we had to twirl on a muddy field, and we would do our best not to slip.”
 
Best School Tradition…
“Homecoming! Our school has a parade, and we have a big homecoming court ceremony during pregame.”

Best Band Inside Joke…
“When I walk into the Band Hall or when we are about to start the drill at practice the whole band will look at me and say, ‘Is that Avery?’”
 
We experienced a very unprecedented year last year. We asked Avery how she stayed motivated for this year, and she told us she just kept going despite the circumstance. “I never stopped twirling and went to practice still. That’s where perseverance and hard work came in.” 


With all of the challenges the last year brought, we wanted to know what she learned from her experiences. “I learned that no matter what’s going on you can’t forget you’re capable of many things. I also learned to cherish every moment and performance, because you never know when something might happen, and it could be your last.”

This year has already been a banner year for Avery as she was nominated as the Homecoming Queen, and is getting to do many things she wasn’t able to do last year. “Covid affected last year by not allowing our band/twirlers to attend and perform at our of town games. This year we are completely back to normal and ready to cheer on our Rams! I’m so excited about having a full stadium and audience to perform for!”

We want to thank Avery for sharing her Game Day with us, and we wish her an amazing year. Go Rams!


Each season this blog likes to get to know many of our awesome Texas twirlers a little better by learning about their experiences. We will be meeting many HS twirlers on Fridays throughout the season with the Friday Night Lights Features and discovering more about our Texas Collegians with the Collegiate Twirler Spotlights during the week. We will also be having many of our HS and Collegiate twirlers take over our Social Media Story for their Game Days. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!