As the award winning Smithson Valley High School Ranger Band is gearing up for the 2014-2015 season, so are their twirlers. The two SVHS twirlers auditioned in front of a panel of judges and were selected this past May.
Camryn Shows was selected to be the Feature Twirler for the 2014-2015 school year. Shows is a sophomore and this will be her second year twirling at SVHS. This year she is joined by Sophie Gilbert.
Gilbert is a freshman and was selected as the Twirler. “My first year as an SVHS twirler was an amazing experience. This year will be even more special because Sophie and I have been friends for a couple of years and I’m looking forward to performing with her on the field” said Shows.
“Baton twirling has been an activity that I have truly enjoyed participating in for the past couple years. I am proud to be a Smithson Valley twirler this year and I am looking forward to an exciting time doing something I love”, added Gilbert.
Shows has been twirling for three years. She is a member of the Alamo City Strutters. The group has various twirling engagements throughout San Antonio each year, including half time performances for the San Antonio SPURS and STARS.
“I work really hard and practice as much as I can. It’s all worth it because performing on the field in front of the crowd is such an honor. I have so much fun with the band and color guard and I’m looking forward to another great year”, added Shows.
Gilbert has been twirling for three years as well. She is a member of the Texas Gems twirling team and has participated in various events, competitions, and camps in the past couple of years.
“Three years ago I was at a football game and watched the twirlers perform at halftime. As I sat there and watched I began to think that twirling looked like a lot of fun and something I wanted to do. It is a great feeling to know that I have accomplished the goal I set for myself three years ago at that football game. I’m proud to be a Smithson Valley twirler this year!” stated Gilbert.
Like any sport, twirling takes long hours of practice and hard work. Both young ladies attended summer twirling camps and continued working with their private coaches to keep up their twirling skills. Shows twirls under the direction Pat Montgomery of the Alamo City Strutters. Gilbert twirls under the direction of Heather Hayden of the Texas Gems. While their half-time performances showcase their twirling skills, they also perform with their respective band groups.
Gilbert is a trumpet player and Shows is a member of the Ranger Color Guard and Winter Guard. In addition to performing with the Ranger Band, the twirlers will be performing at the annual Bulverde Jubilee Parade on September 20th and the Comal County Fair Parade in September 26th. Both young ladies have competed in local and statewide twirling competitions where they have won titles in their respective twirling categories and age group.
Congratulations to Camryn and Sophie as they look forward to twirling for SVHS. Go Rangers!