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2014-04-24

Twirling it up in college

Special to the Courier

Kayla White





Former Medina High School twirling champ Kayla White, the daughter of Ron and Lisa White of Bandera, has now taken her talents to the campus of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
Since junior high, White dreamed of being a college twirler. Now, with a bit of perseverance and initiative, that dream has come true. Since TAMUCC does not have a football team - and therefore no twirlers - White put together an audition packet consisting of videos of some of her performances, a resume and photos and sent it off to Corpus Christi.
During her senior year at MHS, TAMUCC administrators requested that she audition for a place on the spirit squad. White complied with alacrity. The summer after graduation, she was asked to join the squad, which is comprised of dancers, cheerleaders and mascots.
White became the first twirler at TAMUCC to be sponsored by the university, performing at basketball games and other special events. Additionally, White performs with the entire spirit squad, on the sidelines, during timeouts and at end of the game. During halftime, she presents her solo routines before crowds at the American Bank Center of Corpus.
Using multiple batons, flag batons and lighted batons, White's routines are shows in and of themselves. She has expanded on the performance elements she perfected while twirling at Medina High School.
Additionally, White also shares her talent at Hermann Sons Youth Camp where she serves as a camp counselor and twirling instructor.
She is a student of marine biology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.