The WVU Marching Band has a longstanding tradition of attracting world???class twirlers to Morgantown, and this season will once again be no different. The WVU Band Office is pleased to announce the selection of four Feature Twirlers for the 2016 edition of "The Pride of West Virginia!"
Toriane Graal is from Massillon, Ohio and this will be her 5th year twirling with ???The Pride of West Virginia.??? She has been twirling for 19 years and is a graduate of Jackson High School. She holds many state, national and world titles including being the 4-time Miss Majorette of WV in the Teenage and College divisions, along with winning the NBTA Elmore Memorial Cup for two consecutive years. She is a 3-time member of Team USA, traveling to France, Holland and Canada, while receiving Gold and Silver medals. She is a 7-time AAU Jr. Olympic Gold Medalist and is a 4-time top-5 placement in the Gold Invitational at Twirl Mania. Recently, Toriane won the Senior International Strut Championship at Twirling Unlimited Internationals, placed as second runner up in the College Miss Majorette of America Pageant, and is the 2016 College Miss Twirl Mania. Toriane was a member of WVU's National Champion 2014 Twirl Mania Collegiate Team. Toriane is currently studying Mathematics and will be graduating this December.
Mia Nordon is from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She will be a sophomore this coming fall and is studying Nursing. She has been twirling for twelve years, and this will be her second year with ???The Pride of West Virginia!??? Throughout her accomplished twirling career, she has amassed many titles and awards. In 2014, she was a World Team member Bronze Medalist, an Overall 2-baton and Solo Advanced winner at Twirl Mania, Senior AAA Freestyle National winner, and in 2013/2011 she competed at the International Cup as an individual and team member. She is very excited for this upcoming season, and says ???Let's go Mountaineers!???
Madison Eis is from Amherst, Ohio and has been twirling baton for 13 years. She attended Marion L. Steele High School and was a majorette for the high school's marching band. Madison was a member of National Honor Society and graduated from high school with the Presidential Academic and Honors Award. She will be majoring in Elementary Education at WVU beginning in the Fall. She is the current 2016 Solo, 2-baton, and Strut Ohio - State Grand Champion, and she is a multiple regional and national champion. Madison was voted as one of the most athletic seniors of her high school. She also is a 3-time International Cup Team USA member and a Grand Prix Team USA Bronze Medalist.
Emily Rinehart has lived in Canton, Ohio all her life, and she has been twirling since the age of four. She attended Perry High School and has had the great honor of twirling with the Perry High School Marching Band all four years at countless football games and OMEA marching band competitions. Emily was an NBTA Twirling Ambassador to Peru in 2015, was an NBTA 2015 Top-6 Grand National Solo Finalist, and is the NBTA 2016 Senior Miss Majorette of Ohio. She has also received an Academic Achievement award for three years for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and she finished in the Top-25 of her graduating class. She will be majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology at WVU with a minor in Foreign Language and possibly Music.
Congratulations to these four outstanding twirlers! We are looking forward to working with them this season to continue the outstanding tradition of excellence we have come to expect from our Feature Twirlers!
The WVU Feature Twirler Program is led by Dr. Paula Jo Meyer-Stout with assistance from Kirsten Brown.