SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team recently traveled to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, and competed in America’s Youth of Parade — the National Baton Twirling Association’s Grand National Baton Twirling Championships.

The team placed second overall in its large-group routine, called “Twirl Corps,” and entered the National Top Ten in both of its small-group performances, called “Dance Twirl,” both junior and senior divisions.

America’s Youth on Parade brings together the best baton twirlers, teams and corps in the world for a series of National and World Open Championship contests, according to a news release.

The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team was created in 2004 and is the travel component of the Central Maine Twirling Corps — a larger baton twirling program supported and offered by the Augusta Recreation Department and the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department. Team members are selected by Andrea Fletcher, the director of the Central Maine Twirling Corps, for their outstanding twirling and dancing abilities, as well as their enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for the sport of baton twirling, according to the release. These 14 competitors, ages 11 to 22, represent Augusta, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Farmington, Hermon, Manchester, Orland, Orono, Readfield, Whitefield, and Windsor, and are coached by Andrea Fletcher, of Portland.

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