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GOOD FOR YOU: Three baton-twirling, Windsor-area girls win honors at TwirlMania International Twirling Championships

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Three baton-twirling girls from the Windsor area competed at and took home honors from the TwirlMania International Twirling Championships this past month.

Emma Carr, 15, Jordan Yonce, 17, and Katie Harris, 15, competed at the event, which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"Each captured impressive awards and titles, including several top and prestigious honors," said Yvonne Pedersen, director of the Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy, where Carr and Harris train. Yonce trains with Debbie Salem of Riverside, Calif.

Carr and Yonce are twirlers for the Windsor High School Marching Band.

Harris won the inaugural TwirlManiac Invitational Challenge title, which consists of an intense three-part competition, Pedersen said. The competition requires participants to perform in single-baton, double-baton and rhythmic dance twirl challenges.

The full competition lasted two days and included intermediate-level twirlers from across the country who qualified by placing in the top 10 in events at nationals this past year.

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Harris won a $200 cash scholarship, a large trophy, banner and flowers.

Carr, an advanced-level competitor, was awarded the Mouse-Car Award — a play on an Oscar with a Mickey Mouse statue instead of an Oscar — for achieving the highest score of all advanced competitors in the X-strut divisions, Pedersen said.

Yonce won first place in the intermediate level Miss TwirlMania pageant for all intermediate twirlers ages 16 and older whose last name began with letters L though Z. The three-part competition included single-baton, X-strut and modeling events.

Pedersen was selected to sit on the Collegiate Twirling Championships judging panel, hosted at the Epcot Center during the three-day contest.

Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy

Two Windsor-area girls who competed and won titles at the TwirlMania International Twirling Championships train at Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy.

To learn more about the northern Colorado baton academy, go to http://www.batonacademy.com.

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