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Grass Lake Twirlettes Earn National Results -
Alvarez, Branch, Beiring, Dotts-Brown, Kegerreis, Melvin are Grass Lake students that are members of the Saline Twirlettes National team!
The† Twirlettes ventured into a new arena this year at national competition.† After admiring corps for over 19 years this 20th year felt special and the right time to venture into new waters.† Last Fall, a team meeting was held where parents and members alike agreed to make this big jump knowing it was a risk, cost more money and more practice time.† The Corps division at nationals holds many traditions, has a longevity of top World class corps and respect among judges and competitors.† The Twirlettes started early , recruited sponsors to help offset the costs, and had weekend practices throughout the school year along with an even more intense summer schedule.† They entered the Show Corps with Props in the Senior Small division with a different style and approach.† This proved to gain much recognition as the Twirlettes were announced the division winners and a trip to the Show Corps finals.† This was an amazing feat where the team pulled off a beautiful performance under pressure and earned that spot. In the finals, the team faced a strong team that had went to WORLDS 10 times. Although, Twirlettes didnít get the world bid, they turned many heads and were the closest of any team in many years. The recognition from fellow twirlers, judges, coaches was overwhelming and the Twirlettes knew the risk they took was worth it. The team plans to enter again next year with the hopes that in 3 years they could make the World team.
The youngest member of the Twirlettes national team did qualify for the WORLD team. Hanna Alvarez, age 9 and a Grass Lake 5th grader will represent the United States next March as part of the WORLD TEAM and will compete in Norway at the World championships.† This will be her first time competing internationally. Overall the Twirlettes had the best nationals to date and the response was overwhelming for their first time in the corps division.
On the first day the Grand National solo event is held. You must qualify in the top 8 of your state to compete.† Three Twirlettes Made the top 20 and had to re twirl for the final top 6 . In the Junior division,† Lizzie Branch, Haley Alvarez in the preteen division and Hanna Alvarez in the Juvenile division made the TOP 20 cut.†† Haley and Hanna made it to the Grand National finals by placing in the top 6.† The Alvarezís twirled again at the big show on the final day of competition where Haley placed 6th and Hanna placed 5th.
Miss Majorette of America
In the Miss Majorette of America Pageant the Twirlettes equally showed great representation.† Haley Alvarez of Grass Lake placed 1st runner up in the pre-teen division by placing 2nd in modeling, 6th in strut and 7th in solo. Her consistency earned her a spot so close to the winner.
Hanna Alvarez, placed 3rd overall in the Juvenile Miss Majorette of America pageant by 2nd in modeling, 8th in strutting and 1st in pageant solo.† Lizzie Branch, Grass Lake Sophomore, placed outstanding amongst the nationís best twirlers. She won a 7th place in Junior Miss Majorette solo.† Lizzie,† Haley and Hanna have one final year in their respective division.
Haley went on to win 10th in 3-baton, 3rd in open solo finals,† 10th in freestyle and a national championship strutting title . Her little sister, Hanna earned a 3rd† in freestyle which qualified her for the WORLD team ,† won 4th in 2 baton finals and 6th in strutting. Lizzie Branch also finished strong as she won a 2nd in open strut which qualified her for the finals.
Corps Member of the Year
†Four young ladies represented the Twirlettes in the Corps Member of the Year competition. Every twirler placed in the top ten earning recognition for their team.† Hanna was named the Juvenile winner,† Alexis Figueras won 2nd,† Zoe Dotts-Brown of Grass Lake won 3rd in Junior division
National title holders and Top 10 placements:†
In Intermediate Johanna Kegerreis, a Grass Lake resident won the Intermediate National Solo title and the Beginner Flag title. Along with her two national titles she went on to win 2nd in 2-baton, 6th in show routine,† and 11th in strutting.
Grass Lake Sophomore, Sabrina Beiring placed 8ht in advanced strutting,† 6th in 2-baton, 15th in open solo,† and 7th in show routine.† While Zoe Dotts -Brown placed 15th in open solo,† 4th in her 2baton event, 7th in 3-baton, 5th in show routine, and 8th in All American girl modeling. Izzy Melvin, Grass Lake Senior won a 5th place in 3 baton, 14th in open solo, and 12th in 2-baton.
†The Twirlettes national team will start up again this fall and invite all Grass Lake youth to experience the unique sport of baton twirling. Classes for new students starting soon. For more information, log onto:† www.salinetwirlettes.org

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