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Girls twirl to raise funds


Farragut High School majorettes have come up with a way to help young twirlers and help raise funds for costumes and other necessities at the same time — a twirling summer camp.

The six majorettes, sisters Madison, Mackenzie and Bailey Thode, Kellie Keeton, Courtney Sharpe and Andria Jaszay, with their coach, Crystal Gentry, will hold the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 29-30 for new or beginning twirlers ages 5 to 16.

Gentry said the camp is a wonderful opportunity for beginning twirlers to receive instruction from award-winning twirlers with more than 40 years experience between them.

“These girls are better than most college majorettes. They are all very serious, competitive twirlers,” Gentry added.


“The majorettes have won both national championships and state championships.

“In 2007 they were the A-A-U Junior Olympic gold medal champions and between them have won more than 20 individual state, regional and national titles,” Gentry said.

Cost of camp is $45 per participant and includes a camp T-shirt.

“The money will go toward costumes, which are about $400 each, their warm-ups, bags and equipment and competition entry fees,” Gentry said.

“[Participants] will be learning basic baton twirling skills and dance,” she added.

Not only will the participants receive instruction from experienced twirlers, they will become “hometown celebrities” themselves by participating in the Town of Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 4.

FHS majorettes are part of FHS band.

“They compete in band competitions with the band where they always get superior ratings. They also travel all over the country to compete individually and as a team,” Gentry said.

“Most of these girls have been doing this for years. We practice about five hours per week throughout the entire summer and then they have band camp,” she added.

Although Gentry choreographs the routines, they follow the band’s theme, which is set by band director Ron Rogers.

“We pick a spot on the field and I do their routines to whatever theme Mr. Rogers is using for the year.

“It’s always some kind of a theme, whatever the band is doing. This year it is Latin and jazz,” Gentry said.

To sign up for the twirling camp, call Gentry at 865-679-9140.n Kim Johnson kjohnson@farragutpress.com



Farragut High School majorettes have come up with a way to help young twirlers and help raise funds for costumes and other necessities at the same time — a twirling summer camp.

The six majorettes, sisters Madison, Mackenzie and Bailey Thode, Kellie Keeton, Courtney Sharpe and Andria Jaszay, with their coach, Crystal Gentry, will hold the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 29-30 for new or beginning twirlers ages 5 to 16.

Gentry said the camp is a wonderful opportunity for beginning twirlers to receive instruction from award-winning twirlers with more than 40 years experience between them.

“These girls are better than most college majorettes. They are all very serious, competitive twirlers,” Gentry added.

“The majorettes have won both national championships and state championships.

“In 2007 they were the A-A-U Junior Olympic gold medal champions and between them have won more than 20 individual state, regional and national titles,” Gentry said.

Cost of camp is $45 per participant and includes a camp T-shirt.

“The money will go toward costumes, which are about $400 each, their warm-ups, bags and equipment and competition entry fees,” Gentry said.

“[Participants] will be learning basic baton twirling skills and dance,” she added.

Not only will the participants receive instruction from experienced twirlers, they will become “hometown celebrities” themselves by participating in the Town of Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 4.

FHS majorettes are part of FHS band.

“They compete in band competitions with the band where they always get superior ratings. They also travel all over the country to compete individually and as a team,” Gentry said.

“Most of these girls have been doing this for years. We practice about five hours per week throughout the entire summer and then they have band camp,” she added.

Although Gentry choreographs the routines, they follow the band’s theme, which is set by band director Ron Rogers.

“We pick a spot on the field and I do their routines to whatever theme Mr. Rogers is using for the year.

“It’s always some kind of a theme, whatever the band is doing. This year it is Latin and jazz,” Gentry said.

To sign up for the twirling camp, call Gentry at 865-679-9140.

 

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