As the Friday night lights beam down on Aldrich Field and the band begins to play, there’s one performer who stands out from the rest.
Maddie Ames is a junior at Pius X and began twirling at 5 years old. Her aunt, who was on the color guard for UNL, got her a baton as a gift and she instantly fell in love with it. She was signed up for twirling lessons soon after.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Maddie’s dedication and all the time and effort she puts into twirling,” mother Ann Ames said.
Her freshman year, she decided she would bring her skills to perform at basketball games but decided she wanted to do more. Before the start of her sophomore year, she talked with Jared Wilhelm, band director, and Tim Aylward, athletic director, about her performing at half time with the band. They both agreed to the idea and she began practicing her skills.
“I get really hyped on Fridays knowing that I get to perform and do something I love in front of people I know,” Maddie Ames said.
It is now her second year of performing at Pius X football games and she looks forward to it every week. After school lets out on Fridays, she rushes home and starts getting ready for the night. She puts on her makeup, begins stretching and puts on her costume and heads for Pius X.
Ames hopes to continue to twirl in college but is still unsure. She knows that whatever she does she will always enjoy baton twirling and getting to share her skills with her fellow Thunderbolts.