Grand Mound native Karen Whitman shows off her medals recently earned at a national 3-baton event.

A Grand Mound native recently took top honors at a national baton twirling event.

Iowa State University feature twirler Karen Whitman, of Grand Mound, earned first place in the collegiate 3-baton event at the eighth annual U.S. intercollegiate and national high school Baton Twirling Championships, held in conjunction with the March Madness Baton Twirling Championships, in Liberty Center. 

Whitman, a junior, who is studying Event Management, also took second place in the collegiate fight song and 2-baton events.

Participants from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas took part in the competition, including twirlers from the University of Arkansas, the University of Kansas, Shasta Community College and California State University in Sacramento.

“These talented twirlers perform for thousands of fans at high school and collegiate sporting events across the country,” Sandi Wiemers, NCABT spokesperson, said. “At this event, they are the competitors, vying for national honors in the sport of baton twirling.

For more information about this event, visit or contact Wiemers at (785) 304-2919 or Anna Osborn at (303) 349-7267.