Molly Johnson, a Phoenix, Ariz., sophomore at Fort Hays State University, won the Senior Miss Majorette of Kansas competition in Lenexa. She has been competing for 16 years and has won numerous awards and titles.
Johnson is a second-time competitor in the event and came away with first place this year. Three preliminary events are modeling in an evening gown with an interview, a solo routine with one baton, and a strut routine. The judges take the highest scores in each event and determine the winner. Each contestant is judged three different times.
Johnson has now qualified to compete at nationals in July for the title of Miss Majorette of America. Nationals are at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
"The title is mainly to promote the sport of baton twirling and to support your college," said Johnson. "I am extremely happy and can't wait to compete at nationals!"
Johnson is a four-time national flag champion, a four-time national hoop champion and a two-time national three-baton champion. She was named Team Member of the Year by the Phoenix Superstars baton twirling team for several consecutive years in Phoenix among numerous other awards.
"I was crowned Miss Twirling Athletes Outstanding Teen for three years, which allowed me to compete in the Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen Pageant," said Johnson. "I won the talent award all three years, first runner up Quality of Life Award and Favorite Contestant Award."
She began the sport as a little girl with her friends. "I was involved in dance also as a young girl, but I didn't really enjoy it as much as I did twirling," she said. "From then on, it has been a major part of my life and I don't know what or where I would be without it."