My last season…
Every senior says these words at some point during the year: “my last.” This phrase definitely defined my senior season of twirling for Baylor football. Without a doubt, I would not have traded any of my experiences twirling at the halftime of every game through the four years I’ve been at Baylor. Being a college feature twirler was a dream of mine since I began twirling in fourth grade, and now I’m here at the end of it all. I thought that I would be sad at my last performance of my college career, but all I felt was an amazing sense of accomplishment. It probably didn’t hurt that this game was at the new Cowboy Stadium!
Since one moment does not accurately depict what an amazing experience this was, I thought I would give you the top 5 most awesome twirling moments of my senior year.
Number 5: Taking a picture with one of the Baylor Bears! Every season I have tried to convince the Baylor Chamber to let the twirlers take a picture with Lady or Joy, but they have continually told us about the dangers of being around a live bear. This year, they said yes, and my nerves immediately took over. The bear literally would stare you down as you tried to smile and look comfortable in the presence of a huge animal! But, I did get my picture!
Number 4: My last game at Floyd Casey, Baylor’s stadium. I’ll have to admit that this was very sad because they announced all of the seniors’ names, and we stood in front of the band at the end of halftime and sung “The Baylor Line,” our school song. However, the photographers did get some pretty awesome pictures of me twirling off the field for the last time!
Number 3: Meeting Miss Texas in Aggieland!!! Talk about a small world! I had no idea that in the midst of 80,000 people I would have the pleasure of meeting Miss Texas 1993, Bo Chandler! My world got even smaller when she told me that she took from my twirling coach, Janice Jackson!
Number 2: Baylor’s 100th Homecoming! How cool is it that this anniversary happened to fall on my senior season? It got even better when Baylor Ambassadors, an organization I am a part of on campus, nominated me for Homecoming Queen, and I was honored to be named one of the four Homecoming Princesses. The icing on the top of this announcement was that David White, my former Carrollton director, came down to see me walk gracefully across stage and then attended the party afterwards as my special guest. The entire Homecoming court got to ride in a special carriage during the Homecoming parade as well as being announced at halftime of the game, but I would not be kept from my duties as a Feature Twirler. So, in a Baylor first, I twirled the halftime, ran off the field and put on my tiara, and was then announced among the 100th Homecoming Court!
Number 1: COWBOY STADIUM! So, I had hoped Baylor would make it to a bowl game, but twirling on this field completely makes up for it! The only word to describe this experience is surreal. I could not believe when I looked up to a completely full stadium which was around 97,000 people! That is easily the largest crowd I have ever twirled for! One of the weird things about twirling there was that whenever I would look up to catch my tosses, I could see myself twirling on their MASSIVE HG TV! All I wanted was to have a picture of myself on the mother of all jumbtrons, and thanks to Cristie Kibler, who was at the game; I got several pictures of me on there! One of the things I have cherished about Baylor is that no matter where I go, it seems I am not far from my Baylor family. Even in Arlington, I sat two rows away from Erin Hunt and her family and even ran into Kathryn Dunn, the soon to be Miss Plano.
To all who have supported me along this journey, I can not even begin to describe how thankful I am. Janice: You have come to be much more than my coach. You are my mentor and friend. I hope that I have made you proud on and off the field. Bryce, my youngest brother: My wonderful photographer and biggest fan. Thank you for all the pictures and coming to every one of my games! Stephen, my teenage brother: You’re a trooper. These were your high school years, and you still came to support me. Dad: I don’t know how many fishing trips you cut short just to make it to halftime, but I appreciate it more than you know. MeMe and Dandy: I LOVE that you have come to all 99% of my games! Y’all are the best fans I could ever hope for. My costume designer, fan, friend, and supporter: Mom. I love you. Thanks for all the hours you have spent rhinestoning, being nervous as I perform, filming, taking pictures, doing hair, and just being amazing. I couldn’t have done it without you. We have always said we were a team, and you have been my better half. I cherish all these moments and can’t wait for the future!
I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane! Twirling is my passion, and I can’t wait to show you more of it this year!
Miss Frisco 2010