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Shannon’s Stars – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Hutchinson Community College

Shannon’s Stars, a twirling club founded in 1996 by Shannon Meis, has become a hub for twirlers aged 3 to 20, reaching all skill levels. The club promotes inclusivity, blending athleticism, artistry, and personal development. Beyond performances and competitions, they engage in charitable activities, emphasizing community support.

“At Shannon’s Stars, we develop technique and encourage creativity while promoting positive self-esteem and confidence,” Meis said. “This focus is not only on baton twirling but developing successful citizens.”

Shannon’s unique team comprises individuals of various ages and abilities, which has a direct correlation to her special coaching style. 

“Positive with high expectations,” Meis said when talking about her coaching style. “My number one mission is to develop positive self-esteem in our athletes, which allows them to become successful citizens.”

Their crowning achievement was winning gold at the 2023 World Championship, a culmination of rigorous training, fundraising, and meticulous planning. 

“At the conclusion of our performance, spectators all around the arena were chanting ‘USA…USA…USA’ as we left the floor after our no-drop performance,” Meis said. “I wish we could bring back the feeling that we all had as a result of the crowd’s reaction to our performance.”

Traveling to England for the competition was a worldly experience, representing the USA among 21 countries. Their performance left spectators, even rival teams, moved to tears, transcending language barriers.

Shannon’s Stars continues to shine, illuminating the path for aspiring twirlers while fostering pride and unity within their community.

Members of the team included Katie Dreiling, Olivia Pennington, Malina Szyndlar, Yaritza Vega, Callan Hall, Janae Montoya, Jenna Sperling, Emily Streeter, Tiara Fair, Hayden Augustine, Maliah Smith, Maryn Conner, Natalie Pinedo, and Charleigh Sanders. 

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