April Lesley Sapp -- maiden name Raboin
I twirled with the Strutters from: 1979 -- 1987,
part-time until 1991; I twirled with Diane at Woburn Rec in
1978 which started my love for twirling.
When I twirled I lived in: Woburn
I now live in:
Juneau, Alaska (I have lived in Wyoming, Idaho and North
After high school I:
went to college at the University of New Hampshire for my
Bachelor Degree in Nursing ('87-'91). I then moved to
Wyoming and worked first as a pediatric nurse and then I
moved on to Flight Nursing and Emergency Room Nursing for
the next 7 years. Once moving to Juneau in 2000, there
was no flight program so I decided to go into management
(day time job -- no shift work?) and go back to school.
I attended the University of Alaska Anchorage for my Master
of Science in Nursing (MSN) and my Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP-C) ('01-'05). I am now currently enrolled at
Touro University Henderson Nevada for my Doctorate in
Nursing Practice (DNP).
I am a Family
Nurse Practitioner. I own my own family practice clinic in
Juneau called Jordan Creed Family Health Care and I love
what I do!
memorable twirling moment: Was twirling at all of
the wonderful locations, especially the steps of the Capitol
Building in Washington, D.C., the World's Fair in Knoxville,
TN, and at Nationals at Notre Dame. Not to mention all of
the wonderful friendships that were made.
What I liked
best about twirling: The friendships, meeting new
people, traveling for competitions, learning to compete in
new areas of baton twirling
lesson I learned from twirling: Always do the best
you can, push yourself to improve, practice, practice,
practice (and if you don't, your teachers know!), have fun,
self control, self discipline, stand tall, and be proud!
There are mannerisms/behaviors I learned through baton that
I still use today in my life. Not to mention when I stand
for a photo my feet are always at the "angle place"
teacher was: Mostly Elaine, but I also had Diane
for some time.
I still take
out my batons once in a while (true/false): Very
true!! I still toss my baton around in my house, banging the
ceiling! I frequently practice my fishtails!
for: Some for the Strutters during some of my
college. I mostly did parades. I did not twirl at my college
- unfortunately - they were not very interested in that.
The team I
was on was: Cannot remember our name...I must be
getting old! Maybe (Tracey) could enlighten me! (note from
Tracey -- I can't remember either! I should look it up.)
twirling and the lessons learned helped to shape me into the
individual that I am today. I am ever grateful that I took
to love this sport and gained such wonderful insight from my
two great teachers! Very fond memories.... Also, I am
married, I have 3 children: 1 step son age 21, 1 step
daughter age 19 and one son age 13 (as of 2008). We love to
fly in our floatplane, go fishing, go hiking, and enjoy the
sights - Juneau is beautiful! In our spare time we all play
hockey, yes hockey!