Three local twirlers have returned from the National Baton Twirling Associations America's Youth on Parade Nation Twirling Championships held July 22-26, 2008 at the University of Notre Dame.

Three local twirlers have returned from the National Baton Twirling Associations America's Youth on Parade Nation Twirling Championships held July 22-26, 2008 at the University of Notre Dame.
Katy Gorentz and Heidi Burns both represented Kansas in the Miss Majorette pageant competition.
Gorentz holds the Kansas Intermediate Junior Title and Burns holds the Kansas Beginner Juvenile Title. 
Both young ladies were pleased to have finished in the Top 25 in the Nation.
Gorentz was awarded Top 10 medallions for placing fourth in Int. Duet with Maria Wilson, fifth in Beg. Flag Solo, and 10th in Show Twirl.
Burns earned Top 10 awards for placing fourth in Nov. 2 Baton, sixth in Beg Duet with Wilson, sixth in Nov. Flag, and 10th in her age division of Show Twirl.
Wilson, in addition to receiving Top 10 awards with her duet partners, was awarded Top 10 medallions finishing fifth in Int. Flag Solo and 8th in Int. 2 Baton.
Gorentz and Wilson will be twirling for the Girard High School Band as juniors at Girard High School.
Burns will be a fourth graders at RV Haderlein Elementary in Girard. 
These three young ladies look forward to continuing their individual twirling competition careers next year.
Wilson is presently an Advanced competitor in solo and strut and will move into the Senior age division next year.
Gorentz will also move into the Senior Advanced level of competition next year due to the success she enjoyed at this year's competitions.
Burns will remain in the Juvenile age category one more year but will be moving from Beginner to Intermediate competition due to her successful competition year.
All three twirlers are students of Beth Wilson and were active members in the recently retired National Championship Twirling Team, Beth's Batoners. 
These three competitors accompanied Beth Wilson in presenting the Beth Wilson Artistic Achievement Award at the end of Saturday morning Grand Team Finals at the National Championships. 
NBTA began this perpetual traveling award plaque in 2007. 
This award is in honor of Beth Wilson and will be presented annually to the Junior or Senior Halftime Show Team decided by the panel of judges to demonstrate the most creative choreography and costuming, highly entertaining with an age appropriate theme. 
The 2008 recipients of the Beth Wilson Artistic Achievement Award are the Saline Twirlers from Michigan.