, Derry, New Hampshire

April 25, 2013

Red Star twirlers well represented at state event

Red Stars advance to national competition

Derry News

---- — Some Red Star Twirlers were among 93 competitors taking part in the Miss Majorette of New Hampshire competition April 13 at Alvirne High School. Many Red Stars took top honors to qualify for the next level of competition.

Red Star Jessica Avelar, 18, of Nashua earned the title of Miss College Majorette, earning her a right to compete at the national competition at the University of Notre Dame in July.

Avelar also won an award honoring former coach and judge Dorothy Barryo. The award is given to a twirler who exemplifies sportsmanship, is a positive role model and loves her team.

In the novice division, 4-year-old Tianna Barton of Derry won the top title. Derry’s Tabitha Flattes took second place.

Cloe Desjardins won the novice 10-to-12-year-old age group. In the intermediate division for 7- to 9-year-olds, Londonderry’s Emily Cowette took first place.

Red Star Danielle Cherry won the regular 10-12 division. Derry’s Micayla Pica took top honors for the 16-plus age group.

The competition was judged by National Baton Twirling Association certified judges. The competition lasted all day and featured 30 teams in addition to the Red Stars. Other area teams included Ameri-Kids in Auburn, Broadway Bound from Merrimack and the Newport Tiger-ettes.

During the past year, New England lost experienced coach and judge Esther Lessieur. During the recent competition Red Star founder and coach Gina Hutchinson along with assistants KeriAnn Lynch and Ashley Tiller presented a scrapbook of memories from twirling students all around New England to Lessieur’s final student, Vickie Dunn. The scrapbook and plaque will be delivered to Lessieur’s family.

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