Top Twirlers: OHS places in national competition

Top Twirlers: OHS places in national competition
Posted on 08/22/2019
OHS and MHS Twirlers

The twirling teams at Mehlville High School and Oakville High School are each celebrating Top 5 finishes at a national competition. 

The Mehlville Majorettes and Oakville Tiger Twirlers each competed in the week-long competition America’s Youth on Parade at Notre Dame University the last week of July.

Emily Wicks, an MHS alum, coaches both teams. The twirling teams competed in the halftime show category, where they could use props, additional batons and follow a theme, Wicks said. They also competed in the dance twirl category, which allows just one baton per twirler and includes dance-oriented elements.

The Majorettes earned a first place finish in both categories, while the Tiger Twirlers finished third nationally in halftime and fifth in dance twirl. 

Wicks was a twirler and Pantherette during her time at MHS, and her mother, Kelly, twirled for MHS in the 1980s and founded the Mehlville Majorettes in 2005. When Kelly was at MHS, she was the only person on the twirling team. This year’s team has 10 girls. OHS has had twirlers before, but have never had a steady team like at MHS. 

Wicks and the athletes attribute some of their success to their ability to work together. 

“It’s nice to practice with Mehlville because we take turns doing our routines in front of each other so we can give critiques,” OHS senior Hannah Phelps said. “It’s just really good camaraderie and teamwork.”

Both teams are facing big changes as the new school year begins.

“I’m looking forward to incorporating our new freshmen,” MHS Senior Vera Prudent said. “We have seven new members this year. We want to try to bring the team closer together and have as much fun as we can at some games and bring a lot of spirit to Mehlville.”

“It’s exciting because it’s only been around for the past three years,” Phelps said. “To have doubled the size of what we had is great because you can do more complex routines and have more complex partner tosses and combos than you can do with two people.”

Wicks said the ongoing success of both programs is something that the entire Mehlville School District community should be proud of. 

“I really think if you talk to the Mehlville Community, it brings something different to our football games that very few other schools have,” Wicks said. “It makes my heart so happy to see random people we don’t know come up to us and tell us how cool it is.”

Watch the video below to take a look at the award-winning routines from this summer’s competition and hear from more of the twirlers about the experience.

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