The Franklin High Cougars certainly have plenty to roar about this week as both their Twirlers Director and the Twirlers Team were honored during the Texas State Championship meet.
Dawn Menchaca, a Business Teacher and Director of Star Twirlers and the Feature Twirlers Director for Franklin High School, was given the Texan Award by the National Baton Twirling Association of Texas.
According to the association, “She is not only awarded for being an outstanding coach, but for her dedication to revitalize Baton Twirling in El Paso.”
“Thank you to Bethany Tolley the contest director and director of the Twirlers of Texas Tech University in Lubbock…[and] thank as well to Marlene Torres who was the catalyst to get Dawn involved in bringing El Paso students to contests across the state of Texas,” Menchaca shared.
In addition to Menchaca’s honor, the Twirlers of Franklin High School earned a first place title at the NBTA Texas State Championship in Lubbock, Texas. These twirlers are the only High School group in El Paso.
Members include Maddy Chapa, Sidney Vallejo, Eleanor Schoenbrun, and Emmy Chapa. In addition to the competitions, the young women perform with the Franklin Star of the West Band.
In the past 2 decades she has taught Twirlers – ages 3 to 73 – here in El Paso where they participate in events such as the Westside Rotary Club 4th of July Parade, the Celebration of Lights Parade, and various philanthropic events in the city. She even had two twirlers at UTEP where they have not had any in decades.
By way of her coaching and training, Menchaca has given Twirlers of El Paso in high school the opportunity to represent their school and compete in UIL Twirling. For the past four years, she has assisted the participants in achieving 16 UIL Division 1 medals all at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest held in Austin.