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Feature Twirler Alyssa “Ali” Missmer Winning Competitions with Baton

Ali MissmerBethlehem, Pa., October 26, 2011—Alyssa “Ali” Missmer, Moravian College Marching Band’s feature twirler, represented the band off the field recently at the Twirling Unlimited (TU) Regional and National baton twirling competitions where she competed against other twirlers from across the nation.

Missmer competed against twirlers from local colleges and won the Regional College Solo in York, Pa. during the summer, and went home as the Tu Regional College Solo Winner. Her performance included a modified version of the show she used at Moravian last fall.

After a successful run in the Regionals, Missmer traveled to Canton, Ohio for the national competition where she competed against twirlers from colleges across the country. Missmer placed third overall in 2baton and second in 3baton, but her greatest triumph was placing fourth overall and out-performing twirlers from large universities such as Michigan State University and Florida State University. “The majority of the girls were from large universities, and it felt great to put Moravian on the ‘map,’” said Missmer, who is proud to represent Moravian.

Since the age of seven, twirling competitions have been a part of Missmer’s life, but no competition could compete with her long-time goal: to become a feature twirler for a college band. “When people ask me about being feature twirler, I always explain it to them this way,” said Missmer. “You know how a gymnast’s goal is to be on the Olympic team? Well, a competitive baton twirler's goal is to be a feature twirler at a college or university.”

As Missmer lives the dream, she does not forget the school she represents at each collegiate competition. “I have put my heart into twirling my entire life,” said Missmer. “It feels really good to be able to give credit to a college for my accomplishments—since it's been my dream to be a feature twirler my entire life.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.