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MHSNews | Inside The Seams Ep. 3: Katelyn Morgenthaler
MHSNews | Inside The Seams Ep. 3: Katelyn Morgenthaler
Lani Hines, Staff Reporter • April 10, 2024

From picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time her freshman year to committing as a D2 athlete her junior year, Katelyn Morgenthaler shares...

MHSNews | Excess Heat Affects Track Season
MHSNews | Excess Heat Affects Track Season
Stephan Bosnjak, Staff Reporter • April 4, 2024

The weather outside is starting to heat up already, and it is just the start of the track season. MHSNews spoke with Evan Voelker, Brady Lingafelter,...

Aaron Akin, junior, pitches against Northwest on Friday, March 29. Akin threw a no-hitter, a game in which the pitcher does not give up a single hit. (Media By Jennifer Akin)
Junior Throws Fourth No-Hitter in MHS History
Annabelle Miller and Justin SmallApril 3, 2024

Cheered on by excited spectators and parents, Aaron Akin, junior, threw the first no-hitter in a decade, and the fourth at MHS, at the varsity...

In addition to placing first in her division at the state archery competition, senior Sydney Sonn’s score of 514 set a new state record for the highest score in her USA Archery Junior Olympic Archery Development age division, females ages 18-21, for this indoor state competition.
Senior Takes First at State Archery Championship, Breaks Record
Kate Jesperson, Page Designer • April 3, 2024

Sydney Sonn, senior, inhales and exhales, releasing her final arrow. It whistles past her cheek and onto the target, earning the final points...

MHSNews | Girls Basketball Takes Home District Title
MHSNews | Girls Basketball Takes Home District Title
Lani Hines, Staff Reporter • April 2, 2024

Girls basketball took home the District Champion title after defeating Eureka in the District Championship game. With the final score of 51-47,...

Baton Twirler Performs Solo at Football Games

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Media by Elliott Jorgensen
Sydney Moroney, junior, performs on the track during halftime of the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 8. She had performed with two other girls but they graduated, leaving her to perform solo. “Whenever I finish a routine without any mistakes, I feel a great sense of accomplishment, as well as relief,” Moroney said.
From the MHSNews Archive: Sydney Moroney and Oliva Brooks have found enjoyment in the world of baton twirling. They both work weekly to perfect their twirling skills for this year’s nationals.

Taking a deep breath at the center of the football field, Sydney Moroney, junior, prepares herself to perform her favorite trick: the “Bruiser.” 

The motion involves spinning a baton horizontally and then kicking it into the air. This move is just one component of her minute-long routine.

“Whenever I finish a routine without any mistakes, I feel a great sense of accomplishment, as well as relief,” Moroney said. “If I am able to avoid mistakes even while having the pressure of being in front of a crowd, I feel very proud.”

Moroney performs at junior varsity football games during halftime and varsity football games on the sidelines. The two other twirlers that performed during Moroney’s freshman and sophomore years have graduated, leaving her as the sole twirler.

Sydney isn’t typically one who likes to bring attention to herself, but when she twirls, she can really bring it,

— Kim Moroney

“Now that I am the only twirler at Marquette, I feel more of a pressure to do well and present an accurate representation of baton twirling to the school,” Moroney said. “However, it’s also nice because I have more opportunities to perform.”

 A baton twirler is not a designated role at MHS so twirlers have to advocate for themselves in order to perform at school. When Moroney was a freshman, she spoke to the activities director, the cheer coach and the dance coach to convince them to let her perform.

Moroney is part of the more than 25-year-old SugarBabies team led by Lisa Bartfeld, twirling coach.

Moroney started twirling when she was 8 years old in a Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed class taught by Bartfeld who is a registered judge for the National Baton Twirling Association. 

“We love our unique sport,” Bartfeld said, “It requires stamina, coordination, grace, timing, accuracy, courage and so much more. Just to make it more challenging, you’re implementing all of those skills with a steel rod spinning just inches above your head.” 

We love our unique sport, It requires stamina, coordination, grace, timing, accuracy, courage and so much more.

— Lisa Bartfeld

Bartfeld attends Moroney’s school performances, along with Kim Moroney, Sydney’s mother. Kim has supported Moroney’s twirling since she started, when she was inspired to start twirling after attending a Purdue football game in the fall of 2015.

“Sydney was mesmerized by the twirlers’ halftime performance and immediately said that she was going to learn how to twirl and was going to become a Purdue Feature Twirler,” Kim said.

Since that moment, Moroney has learned to perform well under pressure, Kim said.

“Sydney isn’t typically one who likes to bring attention to herself, but when she twirls, she can really bring it,” Kim said. 

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Eli Ferguson, Features Editor
Eli Ferguson, junior, is the Features Editor of the Newspaper and this is his first semester on the staff. He is the Co-President of Marquette Model UN and is part of RSD Lives, Key Club, and Tri-M. He enjoys writing and playing violin in the Symphonic Orchestra.
Chloe Schmitt, Staff Reporter
Chloe Schmitt, sophomore, is a staff reporter for MHSNews. This is her first full year on staff. She enjoys spending her free time reading books and listening to music.
Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer/Production Editor
Elliott Jorgensen, Senior, is the Associate Producer for MHSNews and Production Editor for The Messenger. He enjoys going to theme parks, going on bike rides, and creating video content. He is the publicity lead for the MHS Theatre Company and participates in the politics club.
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