The Kilgore College Twirlers are one of the great prides at KC with their precision routines, dedication to perfection and crowd-pleasing performances. They perform at all home football games and pep rallies and are under the direction of Paige Keitt. For more information on the KC Twirlers or how to become a KC Twirler, call Paige Keitt at (903) 657-9702 or e-mail her.
In the past, KC Twirlers have received a $500 scholarship from the KC Band for the fall and spring semester. Additional scholarships are traditionally given to members of the KC Twirling line from the Once…Always Alumni organization for the fall and the spring semester.
The amount of the scholarships given by the alumni organization has been around $200 or $250 in the past few years. The amount given in scholarships depends on the profits available from the twirling clinic in March, Tops in Twirling Camp in June and any other fund raisers held earlier in the year.
All freshmen are eligible for the fall scholarship. After a student has completed a full semester of college, a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in order to remain eligible for the scholarship the following semester. Returning sophomores must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for the scholarship awarded by the band during fall semester. Students must also be enrolled for 12 or more hours to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships are very difficult to promise ahead of time. Many factors can change once the tryout packet is published. Every effort to assist twirlers will be made by the Ranger Band and Once…Always Alumni Association.
- The Vicki Bowden Mobbs Scholarship is usually given to the drum major. This scholarship is named in memory of Vicki Bowden Mobbs, drum major for the Kilgore College Ranger Band during the years 1978-1980. In addition to being drum major at KC for two years, she was a Ranger Beauty, Homecoming Queen, vice president of the Student Affairs Congress, Who's Who at Kilgore College, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was chosen by the faculty as the Most Representative Female Student. After leaving Kilgore College, she graduated cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor's degree. She will always be a member of the Once...Always Kilgore College Twirlers Alumni organization and hold a special place in all of our hearts. Vicki worked with many majorette lines throughout East Texas. She died in August 1999 after a lengthy illness. Anyone who has been a part of Kilgore College Ranger Band and Twirlers knows that Vicki left a very powerful mark on all of us.
- The Paige Christian Keitt Scholarship is given each semester to a sophomore twirler who has a passion for twirling and is an example to others. This scholarship is made possible by the Once…Always KC Twirler Alumni Organization.
- The Chelsea Kirkland Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of a KC Twirler who died Oct. 25, 2011, as a result of a car accident. Chelsea Kirkland, from Tatum, was the head KC Twirler and a member of the Ranger Band.Â The Twirling Alumni Association has made a commitment to make sure the scholarship is endowed and given each year to a twirler in memory of Kirkland. To make a donation to this scholarship, send checks to: Onceâ€¦Always Kilgore College Twirling; Kilgore College; 1100 Broadway’ Kilgore, TX; 75662-3299. Make checks payable to Kilgore College and the memo line should read “Chelsea Kirkland Scholarship.”
Tryouts for 2015 are TBA.