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NBHS twirlers advance to state competition

Brooke Davis, Mia Villegas, Kimberly Clayburne, Kaitlyn Black, and Maggie Kroesche earn 1st  Division Ratings at the 2019 UIL Twirling Solo and Ensemble Competition held Jan. 27, 2019.

A total of five twirlers from New Braunfels High School have advanced to the state level of competition after competing in the UIL Twirling Solo and Ensemble competition held Jan. 27 at Cuero High School.


Brooke Davis, Mia Villegas, Kimberly Clayburne, Kaitlyn Black and Maggie Kroesche each earned a first division rating on their solos and also as an ensemble. They will now compete at the State Solo and Ensemble competition in Austin on June 1-3.


Most of the girls on the team have spent years honing their craft through endless hours of practice and training. They kick off their season in the summer preparing for football game appearances where they perform alongside the band at all of the varsity games.


Each girl was influenced to become a twirler based on different life experiences such as having an older sister who was a twirler like Black, or having two of your closest friends who were twirlers like Villegas had. For Clayburne, she knew after taking her first class that she wanted to be a twirler. As for Kroesche, she became interested at a young age after noticing the twirlers at the football game. She took her first twirling class nearly 10 years ago through the NBISD Community Education Department while attending Carl Schurz Elementary.


In the spring, the girls ramp up their practice sessions to prepare for the UIL competitions and rehearse almost daily in the weeks leading up to the competition.


“UIL helps us to grow as a group of twirlers but also as individual twirlers,” said Kroesche.


With one last big competition this May and tryouts this spring, the girls still work together often.


“There are only five of us girls so we are pretty close which makes competitions more exciting because we are all rooting each other on,” said Clayburne.


When asked what their favorite part of being a twirler for NBHS was, Villegas shared that baton twirling has been such an amazing experience and she hopes more little girls in New Braunfels can someday share the same passion she and the other girls do.


The support the girls get from their fellow band members and the directors is also something they cherish. Additionally, there are very few schools that have twirlers so that makes NBHS unique; besides being the unicorns!


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