L-R: Tiffany Rush, Brandi Whited, Amanda Boothe,
Ashley Richards, Kiersten Knicley, Danielle Richards
By Lorraine Bailey
The National Baton Twirling Association (N.B.T.A.) held the West Virginia State Competition in Ripley on November 9th. The contest consisted of various modeling, marching and twirling events. There were open events (included other states) and W.V. State title events. Three Calhoun County High School majorettes entered, along with the feature twirler, a flag twirler, and a band member in different age groups.
The young ladies entered anywhere from three to fourteen events each, and the contest lasted from early in the morning until quite late. At the end of the day, each one went home with at least three awards (either trophies or beautiful medals with ribbons).
Awards are as follows:
Tiffany Rush: State Queen modeling-5th, open Queen modeling-4th, State Shabby Chic modeling-2nd, and open Shabby Chic modeling-2nd.
Brandi Whited: State Queen modeling-2nd, open Queen modeling-2nd, State Shabby Chic modeling-1st, open Shabby Chic modeling-1st, and State Sportswear modeling-1st, open Sportswear modeling-2nd.
Amanda Boothe: State Queen modeling-4th, open Queen-4th, State Shabby Chic modeling-4th, open Shabby Chic-3rd, State Sportswear-3rd, open Sportswear-2nd, State Best Appearing-2nd,open Best Appearing-2nd, State Novice Solo Twirl-2nd, open Solo-2nd, State Show Twirl-1st, and open Show Twirl-1st.
Ashley Richards: State Shabby Chic modeling-3rd, and State Sportswear modeling-2nd.
Kiersten Knicley: State Queen modeling-3rd, open Queen-1st, State Shabby Chic modeling-3rd, open Shabby Chic-1st, State Sportswear-1st, open Sportswear-1st, State Best Appearing-1st, open Best Appearing-1st, State Novice Solo Twirl-1st, open Novice Solo Twirl-1st, State Show Twirl-2nd, and open Show Twirl-2nd.
Danielle Richards: WV State Queen Title-1st, State Shabby Chic Modeling-1st, and State Sportswear-2nd.
Lastly, but a huge win for Calhoun County, Ashley Richards and Kiersten Knicley competed with their twirling duet, for which they won not only 1st in the open contest, but they are now the reigning WV State Duet Champions.
Everyone in Calhoun County should be quite proud of these young ladies! The parents of all their daughters are very proud of the accomplishments, as is their coach, Lorraine Bailey, of Orma.