Local student hopes to twirl her way to world competition in Holland

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:33 AM EST
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Call it a natural talent or a God-given gift, but Jessica Morlan has the "it" factor when it comes to baton twirling.

"Something about stepping on to the floor as I compete just makes me feel very confident," Jessica said.

A talent for twirling is in her blood. Jessica's mom and grandma both twirled batons before she did.

"My mom taught me when I was younger and then when I outgrew her I went to her old coach."

She started this when she was just 3 years old.

"She just kind of had it in her blood and loved it. She's a hard practice her so it has worked very well for her," Jessica's mom told us.

Jessica is now 14 and a student at SAIL charter school in Columbia County. She's also an internationally ranked baton twirler.

"My favorite thing about competitive twirling is getting to travel around the world because I get to meet different people from all over the country."

Qualifying for Team USA was a huge accomplishment, but Jessica has her sights set on the world stage. That's where she'll compete against people from 26 countries.

"I feel excited, but at the same time, I try to stay calm so I don't get my hopes up on how the routine is going to be. But I mainly feel focused."

She'll carry that focus with her as she looks even further ahead.

"I know that I want to continue twirling until I'm in college because I want to be the future twirler at UGA. That's my biggest goal right now."

She's looking for sponsors to help her make it to Holland to represent Team USA.

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