From twirling to tiaras

Meghan Sinisi shares how being the Syracuse University Orange Girl led her to become Miss Syracuse 2016.

One of the highlights of every Syracuse University football game is the baton girl taking center field to perform, but who is the baton twirler? Meghan Sinisi, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences is Syracuse University’s Orange Girl

“A lot of people call it baton girl, but it’s Orange Girl,” Sinisi said.

SU Orange Girl is not the only title Sinisi claims; she is also the reigning Miss Syracuse 2016. She said her role as SU Orange Girl got her involved in the Miss America Organization.

Photo: Jackie Prager
Meghan Sinisi practices up to four times a week during football season.

“When I came to Syracuse as the Orange Girl, this was not on my checklist," Sinisi said. "This was something that fell into my lap, but I’m really glad it did because I’m in love with it." 

As the SU Orange Girl and Miss Syracuse, Sinisi said her mission is to focus on community service.

“My personal platform is for autism awareness," she said. "It’s called, Different Pieces to the Same Puzzle." 

As Miss Syracuse, she goes into the community to hold service events, such as reading to kids at local bookstores. Often people do not put her two titles together, but this recognition is something Sinisi said she is trying to work on.

“I’m actually starting to give baton twirling lessons in the community that is called, Miss Syracuse’s Clementines," she said. "That’s one way that I can tie SU Orange Girl with Miss Syracuse."

As the SU Orange Girl trains for the upcoming football season and starts Miss Syracuse’s Clementines, she said she is already looking for a new title. Sinisi said she plans to compete for the Miss New York title this May.

“I’d like to just keep going with the Miss American organization and someday compete for Miss America,” she said. 

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