PJ Maierhofer: Blue Sapphire, Crown Jewel

July 28, 2009 at 11:02 am 17 comments

PJ MaeirhoferThe USA and World Twirling Championships held at Notre Dame last week confirmed what Beaver Stadium ticket holders have known for years: Nobody twirls a baton better than PJ Maierhofer. The Penn State senior (and star of football halftime shows as the Blue Sapphire, the Blue Band’s featured twirler), has earned the title of College Miss Majorette of America. Maierhofer claimed the overall crown after winning the “strut” competition, tying for first in the “model” category, and finishing tied for third in the “solo” competition.

Penn Stater magazine readers shouldn’t be surprised, though: Given the daily three-hour practice sessions PJ told us about when we featured her back in our Jan/Feb 2006 issue (you can click on the image above to enlarge), her success seems a fitting reward for lots and lots of hard work.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Diana Luellen  |  July 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm


  • 2. Johnni Yearick Zabka  |  July 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations! It was so nice to see you at Nationals. Fantastic!

  • 3. Sarah Harris  |  July 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Pj! Hey sis i cant think of anyone else but you who deserves this prestigious title! I am so proud of you and i cant wait to see you “ignite” the crowds at the penn state sporting events! Have a fantastic year College Miss Majorette of America!

  • 4. Priscilla Glasow  |  July 30, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Congratulations, PJ! I found your story deeply embedded in the alumni news. I admire you for the dedication and hours that you give as the Blue Sapphire. There is clearly a level of athleticism required in your role that is not always recognized by others. Thank you for your Penn State Pride!

  • 5. Bobbie Jo Solomon Martino  |  July 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations again lil sis! You have carried on the traditon of Blue Sapphire with pride and grace! I am so very proud of you! I will see you at homecoming!
    Bobbie Jo
    PSU Blue Sapphire ’99-’04

  • 6. Louise Gioiosa  |  July 31, 2009 at 9:19 am

    We are all so proud of you, keep up the good work.We love you.

  • 7. Louise Gioiosa  |  July 31, 2009 at 9:20 am

    We are all so proud of you. Keep up the good word. We love you.

  • 8. Thomas Range  |  August 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Congratulations on adding another bit of history the the Blue Band. You did Penn State and the Blue Band proud!

    Tom Range
    PSU 1985-1989
    Author, Penn State Blue Band

  • 9. Amy Denholtz  |  August 14, 2009 at 10:52 am


    This is a well deserved recognition of your contributions to the Blue Band and Penn State. Mazel Tov and congrats and see you at Homecoming!

    Blue Band Sousa ’05

  • 10. Patrick J. Labriola  |  August 14, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations to P.J. From her early years at Baker Elementary School (AASD) in Altoona, PA (Student Council Vice-President GR3, President GR4 and GR6), we knew she would be successful in her pursuits. She has been a role model for our students then; and, continues so today.

    Patrick J. Labriola (BS ’71, MEd ’76)

  • 11. Judy Lawrence  |  August 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    No one has ever deserved this title more than you, P.J.
    Enjoy your year as Miss College Majorette and as Feature Twirler.
    You have always been and will always be special to the sport of twirling

  • 12. An Interview with PJ Maierhofer « The Penn Stater  |  August 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    […] of the Altoona Mirror has a nice interview today with PJ Maierhofer, who recently was named the top collegiate majorette in the country—and who will begin her senior season as the Blue Band’s “Blue Sapphire” this […]

  • 13. Julie Clare Nelson  |  August 31, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Pj Congratulations!! I knew way back all those years ago when we were young, you would do so well as a twirler. No one deserves the title more than you do!

  • 14. The Best of The Penn Stater Blog, 2009 «  |  January 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

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  • 15. Grace  |  September 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    We miss you PJ:(

  • 16. John Moser  |  December 19, 2010 at 12:27 am

    congrats a year late to the best blue sapphire we have ever had!
    John Moser

  • 17. Our Man Cardoni « The Penn Stater Magazine  |  September 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    […] founder Gary Ream ’76 to Penn State ornithologist Margaret Brittingham … not to mention twirler PJ Maierhofer ’10, wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, and former Lion quarterback Michael Robinson […]

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