UNION, NJ – The Union High School Twirling Team received a Mayor’s Award at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting for their continued accomplishments and statewide success.

Committeewoman Michele Delisfort said the Union High School Twirling Team is only one of eight schools in New Jersey that still acknowledges baton twirling, “let alone a full twirling program”.

Delisfort said every year the program takes in new members with no twirling experience.  The team won the New Jersey Association State Competition for the third year in a row and the members won the National Association State Championship for the second year in a row.

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“The Union High School Twirling Team achieved their biggest win at the United States Association,” said Delisfort, “where they defeated a well-known team of dancers who had dominated the competition for decades.”

Twirlers Muskan Singh, Lakeisha Bataille, Shayla Morton, Sierra Foster and team captain Christiana Selby were on hand with their coach Nicole Placca to accept their awards.

“Words cannot express how proud I am to be coaching baton twirling,” said Placca.  “Union High School is the only public school in Union County left and one of very few in the entire state of New Jersey that even has baton twirlers.”

“Every year I have a group of girls who have never competed before, who have never performed before,” said Placca.    “For these girls to have succeeded in such a short amount of time and for them to have won three state championships is a blessing.  To say I love these girls is an understatement.  They are a big part of my life and I’m so proud of them.  I hope they know how special they are.”

“If this isn’t proof that you can do anything you put your minds to, I don’t know what is,” concluded Placca.