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Local baton twirlers take trophies at national competition

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Published:   |   Updated: August 14, 2013 at 02:18 PM

PLANT CITY – Members of Patrick’s Patriots Twirling Corps are going to have to make more room in their trophy cases.

Seven members of the team placed in more than a dozen categories at a pair of national competitions held recently at the University of Notre Dame.

Barbara Patrick, who founded the Patriots 56 years ago, said the girls were among 3,500 twirlers who competed in America’s Youth on Parade or the companion Miss Majorette of America Pageant.

“You have to work very hard just to place in the competition,” Patrick said.

The Patriots who traveled to South Bend, Ind., to compete included Natalie Bolet, Amber Boykin, Morgan Boykin, Montia Heatherly, Kaylee Hudson, Raelyn Hudson and Brittany Nesbitt.

The following Patriots placed at the America’s Youth on Parade competition, sponsored by the National Baton Twirling Association:

Brittany, a 16-year-old rising Plant City High School junior, fourth in the novice flag division.

Amber, 13-year-old rising Shiloh Charter School eighth-grader, second in beginner solo, fourth in beginner two-baton and fourth in beginner X-strut.

Raelyn, 12-year-old rising Shiloh seventh-grader, fifth in beginner two-baton and sixth in beginner flag.

Montia, 16-year-old rising Newsome High junior, seventh in beginner X-strut.

Natalie, 14-year-old rising Newsome High sophomore, fifth in novice two-baton and 10th in intermediate X-strut.

Morgan, 18-year-old Strawberry Crest High graduate and new feature twirler at University of South Florida, 12th in advance X-strut and 13th in advance solo.

Kaylee, 7-year-old rising Shiloh second-grader, eighth in beginner two-baton and fourth in beginner flag.

In the Miss Majorette of America Pageant, Kaylee Hudson placed fourth in the beginner tiny tot division.

Patriots members are taught by Patrick and her daughter, Lynann Patrick-Hudson.

Baton classes start Aug. 26 at the Brandon Recreation Center and Aug. 29 at the Planteen Recreation Center.

For information, contact Patrick at (813) 626-4554 or twirlnbtaflorida@aol.com.

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