Mainers Heading to National Baton Twirling Championships
The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team is made up of 20 twirlers throughout the state of Maine ages 10 to 18 with some members have been twirling for over a decade.
July 23rd through the 27th the team will be heading to the University of Notre Dame to compete in America's Youth on Parade-the National Baton Twirling Association's Grand National Baton Twirling Championships.
The event brings together the best teams and corps from around the world with over 4,500 competitors. Out of those competitors, the USA Team will be selected to compete in the World Baton Twirling Championships in April next year.
In preparation for the Championships, the Main-E-Acts have been practicing 15-20 hours a week since the beginning of summer break and are lead by coaches, Andrea Fletcher of Portland, Meagan Sawyer of Old Town, and Morgan Shorey or South Portland.
The week-long event consists of a variety of competitions and the Main-E-Acts will be competing in a variety of events: Preteen, Junior and Senior Dance Twirl Team, Junior Twirling Team, Senior Twirling Corps, Senior Halftime Show Team championship divisions, and individual events. Twirlers competing include: Ryleigh Baldwin (Augusta), Mollie Berglund (West Gardiner), Paige Blackwell (Bangor), Amanda Cameron (West Gardiner), Jolie Canwell (Chelsea), Cassidy Fish (Hampden), Jessica Hymas (Brewer), Thea Kanaris (Augusta), Morgan Mayhew (South Paris), Megan McCormick (South Paris), Kate Morin (Augusta), Lindsay Pitts (Bucksport), Ingrid Plant (Hampden), Helen Rebar (Bangor), Makenzie Sayers (Brewer), Alanna Thomas (Hampden), Embree Thomas (Hampden), Grace Thompson (Kenduskeag), Autumn Trafton (Augusta), and Lila Tucker (Bangor).