Miranda Albarez, Zachary High School’s twirler, received superior ratings at the Marching Auxiliaries Gulf Coast Regional Competition held March 14 at Grace King High School in New Orleans.

Albarez, a freshman, won first place in the solo twirl division.

The 14-year-old has been twirling for six years, since her mother first enrolled her in a baton twirling class at her dance studio.

“I first got into twirling by watching baton twirlers from other colleges perform during halftime at LSU football games,” Albarez said. “I remember when West Virginia played and a male twirler performed during halftime. It seemed very difficult but looked stunning.”

The ZHS freshman also takes Theater II and recently played the character of Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

She is the daughter of Stephanie Albarez, a kindergarten teacher at Northwestern Elementary School.