WALLED LAKE, MICHIGAN - Members of the Twirl-M’s Baton Group in WalledLakehave been busy this summer practicing and competing in their sport of baton twirling. Their efforts have netted the best-ever results for the 14-year old group with a team corps championship and a host of individual national titles including 2nd runner up to College Miss Majorette of America.
The Twirl-M’s captured the coveted title of 2012 Junior World Show Corps Champions. This championship was won after placing first overall by the 12 member panel of experts judges. More than just winning, the group of 26 twirlers from the Lakes Area, twirled their way to the judges’ hearts with a 7 ½ minute routine that told the story of “love’ through twirling.
Corps Director Rhonda Muscaro said, “It was a wonderful experience for our Team. We have been training since January and to go out there and nail the routine with 5 drops was tremendous!”
The National Baton Twirling Association’s annual America’s Youth On Parade baton contest was held July 16-20 at the University of Notre Dame. The event draws nearly 5,000 twirlers from around the U.S., Canada, Jamaica, and U.S. Virgin Islands. This contest netted dozens of awards for the team, whose ages range from 8 to 18 years old. Here are the highlights:
2012 NBTA Junior World Show Corps Championswith members:
Ella Dennis, Nicole Dowdell, Casey Dunigan, Madisen Fletcher, Sophia Giacalone, Carolyn Gregory, Delaney Hammond, Nicole Harris, Amanda Herrada, Sydney Maciok, Khloe Marshall, Kelsey Miles, Brianna Mulrooney, Moriah Muscaro, Jordan Olsen, Mari Olson, Sara Olson, Casey Rapacki, Nicole Rapacki, Taylor Scheffer, Malena Skorpen, Katie Swinehart, Amy Vailliencourt, Alissa Yenglin, Lexi Yenglin, Lydia Zavinsky
Moriah Muscaro – feature twirler for Grand Valley State University
2nd Runner Up to the 2012 College Miss Majorette of America
2012 NBTA World Open Solo Champion, age 18
2012 NBTA World Open 3 Baton Champion, age 18
5th place in the 2012 National Collegiate Halftime Championship
Mari Olson – 6th grader at SarahBanksMiddle School
1st Runner Up to the 2012 Intermediate Juvenile Miss Majorette of America
13 students winning top honors in their respective twirling contests, including:113 Top 10 finishes amongst the 26 team members attending.
Ella Dennis, Nicole Dowdell, Madisen Fletcher, Carolyn Gregory, Delaney Hammond, Nicole Harris, Brianna Mulrooney, Moriah Muscaro, Mari Olson, Sara Olson, Taylor Scheffer, Alissa Yenglin, Lydia Zavinsky
The Twirl-M’s is a baton twirling group from WalledLake. Participants reside in WalledLake, CommerceTownship, Wixom, South Lyon, West Bloomfield, and Novi. The group features baton twirling instruction for all ages starting from age 2; and at all levels including toddler, new, recreation, and competitive. Additionally, the Twirl-M’s features majorette lines at Walled Lake Western High, Walled Lake Northern High, South Lyon High, and South Lyon East High; as well as a twirling club at Walled Lake Central High. Four of its twirlers have gone on to twirl at the collegiate level including:
Moriah Muscaro – The Feature Twirler for GrandValleyStateUniversity
Amy Vailliencourt - A Feature Twirler for VanderbiltUniversity
Madisen Fletcher – A Feature Twirler for AshlandUniversity
Courtney Stachowiak – A University of Florida Gatorette Majorette
The Twirl-M’s group was sponsored this 2012 competition season by: Dr. Hersh & Dr. Beattie Orthodontics of West Bloomfield; WLN High Music Boosters; Brunt & Associates of Wixom; Executive Building Services of Commerce Township; Jeffrey Kaplan Insurance Agency of West Bloomfield; WL Community Education; Kase Graphics of Commerce Township; Dairy Queen of Walled Lake; Gracon Portrait Studios of Commerce Township; Carvel Ice Cream of Commerce Township; Contracting Resources, Inc. of Brighton; KaywaZee Installations of Wixom; Midwest Glass Fabricators of Highland; Big Boys of Walled Lake; Walled Lake Vet Hospital; Vet Select of Commerce Township; Mary Kay-Diane Hanewich; Bernie Schrott of West Bloomfield; Lakes Pediatrics Dentistry of Commerce Township; Leo’s Coney Island of Commerce Township; Knitting on the Fringe of Commerce Township; Six T’s and Treats of Commerce Township; Water Softener Filters, Inc. of Clarkston; Elliott Painting of Jackson; Wonderland Lanes of Commerce Township; and the following families Livendale, Hammond, Gatny, Brundt, McAdoo, Minoletti, Bacon.
The group was formed in 1999 and is under the direction of Rhonda Muscaro. Assistant Directors are Holly Minoletti and Rachel Gatny, with Bodywork Coach Valerie Gregory and Corps Consultant from Ohio, Julie Leathers. Weekly classes, camps, enrichment programs, and private instruction are all available through the Twirl-M’s. Interested students should consult the web site, www.TwirlM.com for more information. Or enroll in the fall program by contacting Walled Lake Community Education at 248-956-5000; 615 N. Pontiac Trail in WalledLake. Fall Classes will be held at CliffordSmartMiddle School in the Auxiliary Gym beginning Mon., September 17th. All participants will perform in the group’s 13th annual recital on Friday, November 30th.
Send Off To Nationals Party 2012 - Thank You Gregory's for Hosting It!!
TU Internationals - Nets One Championship, 4 Finalists & $1,000 Scholarship
AYOP - A Banner Year for the Twirl-M's
Moriah wins 2nd runner up to College Miss Maj of America; Mari wins 1st runner up to Int Juv Miss Maj of America; Corps in National Title, All Dance Twirls Place; 4 girls in 6 finals; Moriah wins 5th in national collegiate championship!!
For questions or for more information, please contact Twirl-M's Director Rhonda Muscaro at TwirlMBaton@gmail.com.