Mehlville Majorettes win two national titles at baton twirling championships

The Mehlville High School Majorettes competed against teams from across the country when they participated in the National Baton Twirling Association’s USA/World Championship Competition held at Notre Dame University from July 18 until July 23.

After performing for a panel of judges, the Mehlville Majorettes captured the title of national champions in the Halftime Show competition and the Dance Twirl Team competition.

“It was an awesome experience for the girls, and they were so excited to bring back two national awards to their high school and school district,” stated Kelly Clark Wicks, who coaches the team under the direction of MHS math teacher Julie Pudlowski.

To win the Halftime Show competition, the five members of the Mehlville Majorettes performed a three-minute routine titled “Heroes,” which featured baton twirling, flag twirling and elastic baton twirling. The Majorettes, consisting of 2011 graduate Coral Hezel, seniors Savannah McCord and Ashley Meyer, and juniors Haley Dixon and Abby Wicks, claimed their second national championship title after performing their baton twirling and dance routine, “Copacabana,” in the Dance Twirl Team competition.

The Majorettes are preparing for a busy 2011-2012 performance season, which will include the Grand Center’s First Night celebration on Dec. 31 where the team will showcase its fire baton routine.