Andrea Whiting - Director
Andrea Whiting, a former Sophisticate herself, has been the owner-operator of the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates for over 25 years. Andrea is also the majorette advisor for Perrysburg High School along with choreographing for many high school and college majorettes. She is certified with N.B.T.A. and T.U. as a twirling teacher and judge. Many of Andrea's students that have gone through the Sophisticate program have been awarded college twirling positions. Under Andrea's direction, the Sophisticates have performed at events and venues such as Cleveland Cavalier basketball games, Disney World, Disney Land, college half time shows, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and more. "I enjoy providing this wholesome recreational activity and teaching kids to have fun while becoming excellent performers. Watching my students grow and utilizing all the life lessons they have learned through our program is such a joy."
Maggie has been a sophisticate for 11 years and started teaching a few classes when she was a freshman in high school. She was a majorette for Anthony Wayne High School for four years and is now the majorette advisor for Anthony Wayne High School, along side Andrea Whiting. Throughout the years, she has coached the Sophisticate girls through many competitions, performances, and try outs. Maggie is now on her way to receiving her judging certification for the TU organization.
Tanya began twirling with the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates when she was 10 years old and twirled with the group for 8 years. She grew up in Toledo and went to Rossford High School where she was a majorette for her first two years of high school. She then moved to Maumee High School where she twirled her remaining two years of high school. After graduating from Maumee High School, she attended Owens Community College where she earned an Associate degree in Commercial Art Technology. "Twirling brought me so many amazing opportunities such as twirling in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, performing at Cedar Point, and at a Toledo Mud Hens game. Twirling has also taught me so many life lessons, and I love to pass those lessons onto today’s aspiring twirlers!"
Jayna Kubuske began twirling when I she only 3 years old and hasn't stopped since. In 2001, she was lucky enough to join the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates where she has competed both individually and in teams for over ten years. During her competitive era Jayna won numerous Regional and National titles like Miss Majorette of the Great Lakes, International 2-baton, 3-baton, Duet, and Parade Majorette Champion, as well as placing Top 10 in Twirl Mania and twirling in Epcot! She began teaching baton in 2005 and continues coaching teams and individuals for the Sophisticates. Jayna is a 2010 graduate of Lake High School, in Millbury, Ohio, where she was the featured twirler and varsity cheerleader. After high school Jayna continued her education at the University of Kentucky, where she spent two years as a UK Sweetheart Majorette, before accomplishing her dream of becoming the first "Jewel of the Bluegrass" Feature Twirler. In 2013, Jayna transferred to Western Kentucky University and became the first WKU Featured Twirler in over 10 years. After college Jayna worked for the Cincinnati Reds as a member of the Reds Rally Pack promotions team and mascot (and even worked the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and Homerun Derby!) She has since followed her roots back to Northwest Ohio and now resides in Toledo. "Twirling has taught me many life lessons like teamwork, poise, and sportsmanship, but it has also taken me to some amazing places. Between twirling in parades such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Miss America Parade, to twirling down Mainstreet U.S.A. in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I have had some great experiences that I would not have been able to do without twirling and the help of Andrea and the Sophisticates."
Miranda VanHoozen has been a Proud Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticate since she was 4 years old. At the age of 7, Miranda won her first International title. She continued her twirling career winning State, Regional, and International titles throughout the years. In high school, Miranda attended Notre Dame Academy and was the Feature Twirler for the St. John’s Jesuit Marching Titans. She graduated from the University of Kentucky May 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Public Health. While at UK Miranda was the Jewel of the Bluegrass Feature Twirler, performing every football “Caturday”, community/campus events and even Rupp Arena. Miranda now resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is an Ergonomic Consultant. Her twirling career is far from over, as she continues to coach aspiring athletes in the Atlanta area, and for Andrea when she is home in Perrysburg, Ohio. “Twirling taught me failure and patience. Twirling taught me confidence and commitment. My advice to young twirler’s is twirl because it’s your obsession. Each day, dedicate yourself for a passion for improvement; set goals, review them often, and you’ll achieve what you set your mind to.”
Olivia has been a coach with the Sophisticates for five years! Prior to coaching, she was a high school majorette for Eastwood High School. When she was young she twirled for the Sophisticates for six years. During that time, she competed competitively, traveling to Disney twice. "I love baton, but even more I love to see kids achieve their goals while having fun doing it. I have a heart for helping and teaching and love to be with the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates."
Meredith Williamson has been a Sophisticate for almost 13 years along side her sister Hannah. She has competed solo and team events, and twirled as a majorette at Perrysburg High School for four years. Meredith currently twirls on the line at Bowling Green State University where she is studying business. She now teaches team and individual twirlers for the Sophisticates, and loves being able to watch her team grow.
Aubrey Whitmore twirled for the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates for eight and half years. During that time, she got to twirl at a few Cleveland Cavalier games, twirl in a Disney parade, and travel to many contests and meet so many great people. She attended Lake High School where she was a twirler all four years. Aubrey is currently taking classes at Owens Community College, but plans on transferring to Bowling Green State University in the fall.
In 2009 after taking one Monday Corps class, Lauren Wozniak was hooked. She immediately joined the Parade Corps and, in the fall of 2010, joined the Sophisticates competition team. Over the years, she has participated in countless pom, dance twirl and solo competitions, earning many regional and state titles. She twirled for 4 years at Anthony Wayne High School and is currently a majorette at Bowling Green State University, where she is studying Nursing. In the fall of 2016, Lauren began teaching private lessons to the younger Sophisticates. When her schedule allows, she enjoys helping at the Monday Corps class and at the Wednesday competition team class. A few of Lauren's favorite twirling memories include placing 3rd in Disney Miss Twirlmania, twirling in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and meeting the twirling legend, Annetta Lucero. Lauren has enjoyed being a part of the Sophisticate family. It has taught her numerous valuable life lessons about teamwork, dedication, hard work and confidence. She has also made many life-long friendships that she will never forget about.
Alexis Abraham has been twirling competitively for 14 years, with many state, regional, and national titles. She is currently a feature twirler for The University of Cincinnati. She is a junior at Cincinnati where she is majoring in electronic media with a minor in Sport Administration.
Born and raised a Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticate, Ashlee Banas grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio and became a baton twirler at the age of seven. She has been under the direction of Andrea Whiting and in her most recent years has become an assistant coach for the Sophisticates. Ashlee has traveled with the Twirling Sophisticates for years and continues to bring her roots wherever she goes. Ashlee Banas attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, where she was a former Feature Twirler at St. John's Jesuit High School from 2005 to 2010. Upon entering college, Ashlee landed a spot as a University of Toledo Feature Twirler where she twirled for three years. Ashlee not only twirled for Toledo, but she was a Dancing Rockette for the Men's and Women's Basketball seasons. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta and an advocate of their philanthropy through Austism Speaks. Ashlee now attends The University of Michigan and is their current Feature Twirler with the Michigan Marching Band. Ashlee is majoring in accounting at Michigan and hopes to own her own practice and hotel chain one day. Ashlee also is the Perrysburg town representative and Ohio State Cinderella Woman representative for 2013. Ashlee has proudly represented the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates and will continue to teach young girls the lovely sport of baton twirling under Andrea Whiting. "Baton twirling encompasses a wide variety of tricks, flexibility, strength, and determination. It is a well-rounded sport which has defined myself and helped me grow as a young woman. The Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticate group has taught me many life lessons and I am proud that I have amazing teammates and a coach as caring and persistent as Andrea."
Suzy Carter has been a Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticate for almost ten years. She is also currently a Perrysburg High School majorette. Outside of baton, she is active in theatre, show choir, and dance. For the last two years Suzy has been teaching other young Sophisticates. Suzy plans to continue her twirling career through college with the hopes to continue teaching baton. "I absolutely love helping the girls who share the same passion for the sport as I do."
Chelsey Gupta has been a Sophisticate twirler for over 18 years and started on the Sophisticate Pom team. She began teaching at age 12 and has taught ever since. She is a graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Strategic Communication. After graduating she then worked for ADP, Automatic Data Processing in Small business Sales and Sales Management. She is now moving back to the Northwest Ohio area and will be teaching full time again with the Sophisticates. "I love the sport of baton because it not only teaches discipline and confidence to our young twirlers, but it also instills great values such as time management, poise, and sportsmanship."
Adrian McKinney is a third year professional student at The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Adrian twirled for twelve years with the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates, was a member of The University of Kentucky Sweetheart Majorettes for three years, and is now the coach of the University of Kentucky twirlers. In addition to twirling, she works at Kroger Pharmacy in Lexington, Kentucky and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog Grace.
Hannah Williamson has been a Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticate for fifteen years. She was a majorette at Perrysburg High School for four years where they were named TU International High School Champions in 2011. She twirled for the University of Michigan Marching Band for three football seasons where she was awarded three scholarships for academics and leadership. She has performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ohio Stadium, Citrus Bowl, Orange Bowl, and had the opportunity to march in the 2013 Inaugural Parade. She has received many awards, but is most proud of winning TU International 3 Baton Champion, and receiving two "Mousecars" for fancy strut at Twirl Mania. Hannah has been teaching with the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates since 2009, and is currently attending the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business for graduate school.