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Baton twirling is a sport involving the manipulation of a metal rod and the human body to a coordinated routine. This sport is exactly what we see when 11th grade Emily Perkins performs every pep rally.

Perkins is an renowned twirler that is going to the world championships for the sport she loves.

Perkins has competed in many competitions that challenge her abilities and has come out on top each time.

“I am state, regional, and national champion,” Perkins said.

Perkins will have the honor of representing the US in the upcoming 2016 Worlds competition.

“There is a lot of pressure to do well when you wear USA on your back,” Perkins said.

Twirling has brought about so many once in a lifetime chances for Perkins that she will never forget.

“Opportunities like making new friends around the world, visiting historical cities, and learning about the cultures of other countries,” Perkins said.

Perkins started twirling at a very young age and it has shaped her into who she is today.

“I started in first grade,” Perkins said, “my mom used to be an twirler and she became my coach when I decided I wanted to twirl.”

Competitors put a lot of time and money into there sport in order to achieve their goals.

“ Baton twirling is an expensive sport, I put in so many hours practicing that it is so hard to fundraise,” said Perkins.

Twirling is a difficult sport for people to compete in because it’s an all or nothing sport.

“ You only have one chance to show what you can do, (and) with the nerves you get before you compete it’s really hard,” Perkins said.

Twirling has so many different techniques that are used in the performance that can help build many skills that can be used in everyday life.

“Also, I think it is an wonderful tool for athletes to develop communication skills, eye hand coordination, flexibility, sportsmanship, and so much more,” Perkins said.