UNION, NJ – A Mayor’s Award was presented at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting to the Union High School Twirling Team in recognition of their many accomplishments in competition this year.  The Township Committee recognized twirlers:

Alyssa Squillante (captain)

Maria Asitimbay

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Daniela Arrieta

Anastasia Ristova

Christiana Selby

“We’re extremely excited to honor and recognize the Union High School Twirling Team for an outstanding season,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  On April 9, the team competed in the National Baton Twirling Association State (NBTA) Championship, where they won first place in Advanced Senior Twirl and Dance.

According to Mayor Cavadas, the team also won first place in the Open Advanced Senior Twirling Division.  This is the second consecutive year that the team won a championship division, but it is the first time they placed first in a national organization.  This is only the second year that the Union Twirlers attended the NBTA as a team.

In March, for the first time in Union High School history, the team also participated in the Congressional National Cup in Maryland.  In addition, the Union High School Twirling Team attended an open United States Twirling Association competition where they won first place as a senior twirling team.

Union High School is the only school in the county, and only one of eight schools in the state, that still has a full baton twirling program.  “In the past two years,” said Mayor Cavadas, “twirlers from Union High School have been quickly advancing and have made a name for themselves in local, national and worldwide competitions.  For many of these events, it is the first time a Union High School student has attended as a competitor.”

“I really can’t express enough how amazing it is to be in charge of a program that is not seen in public schools anymore,” said coach Nicole Placca.  “Teaching them has really been an honor and a blessing.  They are such a special group of girls and they’ve certainly done a tremendous job this year.”