Local girl overcomes injury to compete at high level
By Caitlin Boland

Sandra “Andi” James is shown with just a portion of the trophies, pageant sashes and medals she has won during her twirling career.
Sandra “Andi” James recently traveled to both Texas and Indiana to compete on the national stage of baton twirling.
James, a senior at Thomson High School, has been twirling for seven years, four of which have been competitively.
“I began twirling when I was in sixth grade,” James said. “The auxiliary director, Mrs. Becky Morlan, said I should try out for the pep band. I had no idea what it was, but she took me under her wing.”
James said they went to Walmart and purchased a plastic baton, and her career went from there.
“Mrs. Morlan asked me if I would be interested in competing,” James said. “She started teaching me a routine, and I went along with her and her daughter, Jessica, to some competitions to get used to it. She helped me learn the rules and helped get me started.”
After falling in love with competition twirling, James began going to competitions of her own, and she has competed in approximately 25 competitions over the past four years.
James’ competitive and school twirling career was put on hold after her sophomore year of high school when she tore both of the menisci in her right knee. The injury required surgery, and she was out of twirling for eight months.
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