Madison Eis has been offered a scholarship to be one of four featured twirlers for the West Virginia University Marching Band.
“I’ve been dreaming about this opportunity for years,” she told the News-Times. “I’m extremely excited. In the process of choosing colleges, I was looking for academics first but also a school that had a strong twirling group. That means the world to me, honestly, because twirling has been such a big part of my life.”
A 2016 Amherst Steele High School graduate, Eis has been a majorette the past four years with the Marching Comets.
She’s been easy to spot twirling fire on the field during varsity football halftime shows or throwing her baton high at varsity basketball games.
Eis is the Ohio champion in the solo, two-baton, and strut categories after competition in May.
At the national level, she finished third in February at the High School Classic Competition at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Florida.
Coming up this month are regionals in Trenton, Ohio, followed in July by nationals in Mobile, Ala.
Eis’ 13-year twirling career has also included a spot on the U.S. Twirling Team on three occasions. She competed against 21 other countries this past year for the International Cup in Abbotsford, Canada. Eis is also a Grand Prix Team USA Bronze Medalist.
Comets athletic director Casey Wolf said Eis’ selection to the WVU band is the equivalent of a student-athlete earning a Division I sports scholarship.
At WVU, she plans to major in elementary education. That course of study has been inspired by recent work with 15 young baton students as well as with the Special Olympics.
She’ll leave in August to begin twirling with longtime hero and WVU twirling director Paula Meyer-Stout. Practices will be intense — the first Mountaineers football game is Sept. 3.
And Eis is already looking forward to November, when the Pride of West Virginia featured twirlers will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Courtesy photo Madison Eis is ecstatic about being selected as one of four featured twirlers for the Pride of West Virginia. She’ll perform this fall alongside three other young women she knows well from the competitive twirling circuit.