BRATTLEBORO >> Nine area baton twirlers, all members of Brattleboro Area Baton Twirlers, recently travelled to South Bend, Ind. to represent Vermont at the 47th annual America's Youth on Parade which is the baton twirling National Championships. The contest ran from July 26-30 and was held on the University of Notre Dame campus. This contest, hosted by NBTA International, draws several thousand contestants annually from all 50 states, Canada and Europe. Age categories range from tots to collegiate levels, and includes categories for soloists as well as team divisions.

The 2016 Nationals Team members range in age from 4-26 and represent the towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Vernon, and Hinsdale, N.H. The team consists of Liliana Bogert, Haley Bogert, Genavie Cobb, Alison Cornellier, Cameron Lawrence, Jessica Lawrence, Elyse Thurber, Teagan Thurber, and Josh Wong. The team practiced for months to represent Vermont at Notre Dame, and brought home many individual and team awards.


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All of the Brattleboro Area twirlers placed top 10 in individual divisions. Haley Bogert took 10th in Showtwirl; Elyse Thurber was 7th in solo flag baton; and Teagan Thurber wound up 5th in solo, 6th in Showtwirl, 8th in flag and 10th in x-strut. Cameron Lawrence was 3rd in her x-strut, 8th in Showtwirl and 9th in flag; Jessica Lawrence placed 6th in x-strut; Genavie Cobb placed 7th in 2 baton; and Alison Cornellier won her division in 2 baton and placed 2nd in x-strut. Cornellier, Jessica Lawrence, Genavie Cobb and Josh Wong all placed top 10 in their duet categories as well. Liliana Bogert, the youngest twirler at age 4, was very proud of the medal she received for 13th place in solo flag baton.

Eight of the group's team routines placed top 10. Small Beg Tiny Tot Dance Twirl took 2nd place, Kinder Pom took 3rd place, Advanced Kinder Halftime took 4th place, Small Beg Juvenile Twirl Team took 8th place, Small Beg Senior Twirl Team took 9th place, Primary Pom took 9th place and Small Beg Juvenile Dance Twirl took 10th place. The most exciting achievement, however, was the first place finish by the younger members of the team who are now the 2016 NBTA Beginner Small Tiny Tot Twirl Team National Champions.

The Brattleboro Area Baton Twirlers are coached by Lynda Lawrence, Amanda Pacheco and instructors Alison Cornellier, Jessica Lawrence and Josh Wong. Registration for fall classes will be starting soon. Check out the team's Facebook page for upcoming class and registration information.