Fearless Knife-Juggling Majorette Tosses Her Baton All the Way to State

Sarah Horan advances to State UIL


Stacey Horan

Holding the Victory!

Madison David, Editor

Junior Sarah Horan was the only majorette to make State Twirling UIL this year.

 Horan had mixed emotions about her accomplishment, “I felt sort of upset that none of my fellow majorettes made it, but I am proud of myself because that just shows that I did well enough to go to state.”

Horan’s Twirling Team

Making it to state UIL is no easy task. It takes a lot of determination and practice to make it there. She started twirling in her seventh-grade year and admits to being really crummy at it. Horan tends to practice during break, lunch, and eighth period. One of her biggest practice times is on Tuesday evenings at Michelle’s All-Star Twirlers that goes on for two to three hours. Horan started going there during freshman year for twirling lessons. Horan claims they are “miracle workers” and says she is on two different twirling teams.Stacey Horan

Twirling for five years straight lead some to wonder why a person would keep up such a habit.

Horan clues us in at why she continues twirling and what makes her love it, “I love performing, and the better I get the most likely I am to be able to do what I love in college.”

Ouachita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin, and Tyler Junior College are all on Horan’s future twirling radar.  OSU is at the top of her list for the great school programs and twirling program.

Great memories also keep her going.  Horan highlights last year at Nationals by saying, “I ran through the Fort Worth Convention Center with giant sparkly light up wings on screaming.”

Competing for her two teams is a great boost too. Horan describes it as one of the most rewarding experiences and a place where she was able to meet new friends.Stacey Horan

In order to qualify for state, there are certain requirements to meet. You need to have a good, clean routine and nice recoveries for when you drop a baton. A sweet smile is also a key element to advancing forward. Horan met eligibility with a solo. Her solo had three batons in it and was performed to a mash-up of Seven Nation Army and Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.

Stacey Horan
Performance Ready

The state contest is at Pflugerville, Texas. Some thoughts run around a contestant’s mind before the contest about how they’ll do. Horan says there is a lot of pressure to do good because colleges will be looking at this score. She doesn’t want to get her hopes up by saying she will make a one or two score.

Even with all that pressure, there are great experiences to look back at and laugh or smile. One such memory is how Horan got an injury. She says, “A few weeks back, I managed to give myself a concussion without a baton in my hand, but let’s not go into detail.”

Even with that embarrassing and confusing injury, that’s not the most embarrassing thing to happen. At one competition, Horan recalls that before her music even started, she dropped her baton with all eyes on her. On top of that, it was in front of the judges!

One of the most fun experiences Horan had was twirling with fire and knives over the summer at a camp. She says, “It is terrifying –don’t get me wrong– but you can’t say no to it. The entire sport is about not being scared of whatever you’re twirling with.”