Texas Tech Twirlers Line Up to Victory
Twirlers bring home the gold from America’s Youth on Parade National Baton Twirling Championships.
Written by Megan Ketterer
Texas Tech University Twirlers
The Texas Tech University Twirlers brought home the gold Saturday (July 25) at the 48th annual America’s Youth on Parade (AYOP) National Baton Twirling Championships at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
The team placed first overall in the senior division of the National Dance Twirl Championships. According to Head Twirler Christy Hogue, this is the first time the twirlers won first place at a national competition.
“When the team won first place, I was completely shocked, but so excited that our hard work had paid off,” said Christy Hogue, head twirler. “I was excited that we were able to represent our university at the competition and make everyone back home proud.”
The twirlers competed against 18 teams in the 48th annual America’s Youth on Parade (AYOP) National Baton Twirling Championships at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Collectively, team members won a total of eight first place titles and nine additional top 10 titles in individual events. Hogue received the Majorie Gilbert Teddy Bear Scholarship Award, which is awarded to five college twirlers.
The Texas Tech Twirlers have attended the national championship for the past three years and improved in placement each year. The line also placed first in the dance twirl division at a regional and state competition.
Line members include:
- Camille Crawford, San Antonio
- Meagan Franklin, Odessa
- Christy Hogue, Odessa
- Summer Johnson, Amarillo
- Sarah Rendon, San Antonio
- Alyssa Snyder, Helotes
- Julie Szamatulski, Grandview
- Sydney Webster, Lubbock
School of Music
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.