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Willoughby South High School graduate to compete at the World Baton Twirling Championship in Italy

Mikayla Schuller says she has been training for this event for the past three years.

CLEVELAND — A former Willoughby South student now attending Florida State University will represent Team USA in the World Baton Twirling Championships in Italy.

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Mikayla Schuller says she has been training for this event for the past three years. She spends three hours at the gym every day to be at the top of her game to compete against the best the world has to offer in competitive baton twirling.

All of those hours in the gym and in competitions over the last three years was to prepare for qualifying trials this year in Kansas where she earned one of the four spots for the Junior Women's Freestyle.

She then competed in Nationals in California where she earned a spot at the World Championships.

Earning a spot in the World Championship is quite an accomplishment and the ultimate validation for a craft she's spend over half of her life working at in one way or another.

She started dancing in the first grade at seven years old. Through her dancing classes she was offered the opportunity to attend baton classes.

Now, as a sophomore at Florida State, she is not only competing in the World Championships, she is also the featured baton twirler in 2022 for the FSU football team.

Mikayla stopped by the 3News studios on Tuesday for a live interview on Front Row with Jim Donovan and Lynna Lai. You can watch that interview in the player above. 

After Mikayla spoke to Jimmy and Lynna, she dazzled with a performance outside of the 3News studios.

3News wishes Mikayla the best in Italy at the World Baton Twirling Championship and at Florida State University! Good Luck!

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