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Austin Peay State University twirler Izzy Melbin finishes eighth in nation in three-baton championship


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Feature twirler, Izzy Melvin, for Austin Peay State University (APSU) finished eighth in the nation in the advanced three-baton championship at this month’s America’s Youth on Parade U.S. and World Twirling Championships at the University of Notre Dame.

Austin Peay feature twirler Izzy Melbin with three batons. (APSU)

Austin Peay feature twirler Izzy Melbin with three batons. (APSU)

The APSU sophomore and Governors’ Own Marching Band baton twirler also finished in the top 13 in the world open solo and two-baton group division and 32nd in the featured College Miss Majorette of America competition (of more than 90 qualified competitors).

Melvin represented Austin Peay State University in the college competitions.

The highlight of the competition for Melvin, though, was when her team – the Saline (Michigan) Twirlettes – won the Grand National Championship for show corps with props. That win qualified the team, including Melvin, to join Team USA at the world championships April 8th-12th in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

“It was amazing!” Melvin said. “I’ve waited for this moment since I was 6 ½. Dreams do come true!”

Melvin earned the right to represent Austin Peay at the competition by winning Miss College Majorette of Tennessee at the Tennessee State Twirling Championships in April.

You might know Melvin. She’s the one who twirls fire during halftime at APSU home football games.

Melvin, 18, won the national and world open three-baton championships in 2016 and the advanced three-baton Twirl Mania International Championships at Disney World the same year.

And, yes, that’s twirling three batons simultaneously (albeit not while they’re on fire).

Melvin studies graphic design and animation and is entering her sophomore year.

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