|Dr. Paula Jo Stout
The West Virginia University Marching Band is pleased to introduce its Feature Twirlers for the 2009 Season.
The Featured Twirlers for 2009 will be returning veterans Donovan Sarr and Kirsten Brown, and newcomers Whitney Godwin and Kayla Morris. These four twirlers were unanimously selected by an independent panel of judges during the final auditions held May 3rd on the campus of West Virginia University.
Donovan Sarr will be returning for his 5th season as a Feature Twirler with the WVU Band after four very successful seasons from 2005 through 2008. Donovan, a graduate of Mount Gilead High School in Mt. Gilead, OH, graduated from WVU last year with a B.A. in Psychology, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations through the College of Business and Economics. He recently traveled to Belgium to compete on the United States Twirling Team and has numerous national and international awards to his credit, including being selected as a two time Men's National Twirling Champion, a three time Collegiate Men's National Twirling Champion, and a two time Senior Men's Two Baton World Medalist (Gold in 2006 and Bronze in 2009). Welcome back, Donovan!
Kirsten Brown will be returning for her second year as a Feature Twirler with the WVU Band after a very successful 2008 season. She is 2008 graduate of GlenOak High School in Canton, OH, and she is currently a sophomore at WVU majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources. Kirsten has been a competitive twirler for 14 years, holding many national and international titles, including being selected as the current Miss Majorette of West Virginia, qualifying for world competition in England, France and Holland and earning 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 bronze medals. She was the 2008 Miss Majorette of Ohio, the 2007 Miss TU World Majorette and International Solo and Two Baton Champion, and is also a member of the National Team New Alliance. Welcome back, Kirsten!
Whitney Godwin will be serving in her first year as a Feature Twirler with the WVU Band. As a Flatwoods, WV native, she is a 2007 graduate of Braxton County High School. She is currently a sophomore Broadcast News Major here at WVU. Whitney has received many awards and titles in her twirling competition history, including being a 12-time Miss Majorette of West Virginia, the 2009 Advanced Miss Twirlmania, the 2009 Pavanne Elmore Memorial Cup Twirl-Off Winner, a 2007 Twirling Ambassador in Trujillo, Peru, and a member of the National Team New Alliance. Welcome, Whitney!
Kayla Morris will also be serving in her first year as a Feature Twirler with the WVU Band. As a Parkersburg, WV native, she is a 2009 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, where she served for four years as Feature Twirler. She will be a freshman at WVU this year, majoring in Exercise Physiology. Kayla has also received many awards and titles in her twirling competition history, including being selected as the 2009 DMA Miss Majorette of WV - Elite, National Halftime Elite Twirling Champion, Petite Miss Majorette of the Year - Elite, and the WV State Level 9 All-Around Gymnast. Welcome, Kayla!
The WVU Marching Band has a longstanding tradition of attracting world-class twirlers to Morgantown, and this season will once again be no different. We are pleased and proud to introduce and officially welcome our 2009 Feature Twirlers - Donovan Sarr, Kirsten Brown, Whitney Godwin and Kayla Morris!
The Feature Twirler program at WVU is coordinated and coached by Dr. Paula Jo Meyer-Stout.