TWIRLETTES FROM GRASS LAKE WIN BIG AT NATIONALS!!!!The Saline Twirlettes National team spent their summer training, but their hard work paid off this summer. The Twirlettes National team comprised of 23 young ladies had their best overall results as a team. Nine of those members are Grass Lake residents and 8 are students in the Grass Lake schools and one attend Jackson Christian.
The team won 91 Top Ten medals in individual events having every member place in the top ten in one event. Twirlettes also captured Ten individual National titles, 3 top ten team finishes, a Collegiate title, two young ladies made the Grand National top 6 finals and placed in the Miss Majorette of America pageant, two Twirlettes placed in the Beginner and Intermediate pageant, and 2 girls won Team Member of the year. This is a pretty impressive resume for this young team in 2015.
From there the Twirlettes headed to the Twirling Unlimited National competition as a warm up to their main event. At this competition, the Minion team placed 1st amongst a tough field.
Top winners were Hanna, Grass Lake 3rd grader and Haley Alvarez, 5th grader in Grass Lake who won the International solo Championships. Hanna won the Tiny Tot International solo title while Haley won the Juvenile Championship. They earned a traveling plaque that will have their name engraved forever. They will keep for the year and present it to the next winner in 2016.
The big event, the National Baton Twirling Association’s ( NBTA) nationals came during the week of July 20th at Notre Dame University. The team of 23 had a very good showing. The Halftime team comprised of all 23 twirlers faced strong competition from across the country. The team placed 6th for their rendition of “ One Team” , One Heart, One Family”.
The Minion dance twirl team did their best performance of the year at Nationals and pleased the crowd with their humorous take of the Grus and Minions. The team placed 3rd in their division. The Minion team members are Haley Alvarez, Hanna Alvarez, Aubrey Bukosky, Zoe Dotts-Brown, Alexis Figueras, Kaitlyn Kornacki, Elly LeCursi, Gabby Reinhardt, Avery St. Lawrence, Sikoya Stolaruk, and Jenna Brower.
The junior team “Heartbreaker” also found great success by placing 2nd in the Junior division, only half a point from the winning title. The Team consisted of Natalie Haubenstricker, Sabrina Beiring, Lizzie Branch, Kelly Coghlan, Amanda Coy, Andrea Doa, Izzy Melvin, Julie Palmer, and Cori Walworth.
The Twirlettes had astounding results in individual competition taking home those 91 top ten medals and the most in Twirlettes history.
The youngest members of the group in the advanced division made their way onto the national scene in 2015. Sisters Hanna and Haley Alvarez of Grass Lake stood out amongst the nations best for their age. Both girls made the top 6 in the Grand National Majorette contest called the “Little Big One” The girls made the top 15 cut and then down to the top 6. Haley and Hanna earned the right to twirl on Saturday at the Big Show in the Grand Solo finals. Hanna and Haley both won 3rd place in this top event at nationals. They went on to compete in the World open events making the finals in every event by placing top 5. Hanna is the Tiny tot ( 0-6) year old national 2-baton champion. Haley placed 2nd in 2-baton. . In strutting Hanna and Haley placed 4th, in solo Hannah placed 3rd while Haley placed 2nd. In the Miss Majorette of America pageant Hanna won 1st runner up in the Little Miss division, while Haley placed 6th in the larger Juvenile division. Both girls did a remarkable job and sparked their team mates with energy to start the week.
Grass Lake Sophomore, Izzy Melvin also competes in the advanced division. She placed 9th in solo, 2nd in her show routine, 2nd in flag, 3rd in 3-baton, and 10th in 2-baton.
Grass Lake 8th grader, Lizzie Branch won the Intermediate National strutting title. Lizzie represented the Great Lake region in the National pageant where she won 1st runner up for the title. She placed 9th in modeling, 2nd in strut and 4th in solo for the overall 1st runner up finalist award. She also placed 6th in open solo, 10th in 2-baton, 9th in show and 4th in flag. Grass Lake 8th grader, Zoe Dotts- Brown had a terrific time placing 6th in solo, 2nd in strut, 6th in modeling, 2nd in show routine, 4th in flag and WON the Beginner duet title with partner Johanna Kegerreis.
Sabrina Beiring, Grass Lake 8th grader, made huge strides this season. She represented the state of Michigan in the National Beginner Pageant and had great results. Sabrina placed 10th overall in the pageant by placing 6th in solo and 12th in modeling. She went to on win 6th in open solo, 7th in show routine, and 6th in flag.
Jackson Christian 8th grader, Johanna Kegerreis put 2 national titles under her belt. She earned the Beginner National solo title and Beginner duet title with team mate Zoe Dotts- Brown. Johanna also placed 2nd in strut, 11th in 2-baotn and 8th in flag.
Jenna Brower, Grass Lake 8th grader won 10th in her flag and 12th in 2-baton.
First Appearance at Nationals
Sikoya Stolaruk, 6th grader at Grass Lake middle school, was her first time to nationals. She placed in the novice division ; 2nd in solo, 3rd in strutting, 10th in flag and 6th in duet. Four young ladies were chosen to represent the team in the Team Member of the year. Haley Alvarez was chosen in the Juvenile division and Sabrina Beiring in the Pre-teen division. Both girls were royalty at the Grand team finals and were introduced in the Big show which closes the week long event. The Twirlettes team was well represented.
The Twirlettes National team practices extensively during the year and every day in the summer between 5-8 hours. The dedication paid off in 2015. The team now will re-group for the new season in 2015-6. The Twirlettes will be accepting new members for the Fall Term of 2015 at their satellite program in Grass Lake. They will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at George Long Elementary. For more information log onto: www.salinetwirlettes.org