This past July a Melissa Middle School student competed in the 60th anniversary of the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships during the Festival of the Future in Jacksonville, Florida.


Hollyn Fleming-Stump competed in five separate events, placing in three. Between 12-14 girls competed against her in each of her groups.


Hollyn placed 4th in her two baton routine, 3rd in her presentation routine and 2nd place in her dance twirl routine. She is currently going into her third year of learning the art of baton twirling. Her coach, Sherry Thompson, states that she is amazed at how far she has come in such little time.


In August Hollyn had the opportunity to watch the 34th World Baton Championships in Kissimmee, Florida. During this time she had the opportunity to attend a clinic taught by the worlds best twirling instructors. She attended the Twirl Nations Clinic and was taught by Karissa Wimberley from the USA, Bertrand Royer from France and Seishi Inagaki from Japan.


Hollyn lives in Melissa and attends the 8th grade at Melissa Middle School. She is involved in the MMS band and a member of the MMS Color Guard. She continues to work hard at her twirling once a week and is looking forward to another great year of twirling competitions.