Surrounded by hopes, dreams and years of tradition, 32 young women became the newest members of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team this morning.
The announcement, made in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus, culminated an abbreviated version of “tryout week” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eighty “Hopefuls” tried out this year for a coveted position on the 81st Rangerette line.
The new Rangerettes will join 34 sophomores to make a team of 66.
The Rangerettes were the first of their kind when they began in 1940 as a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis.
The organization created a unique combination of dance moves and precision drills that quickly earned them the reputation not only as the originators of dance/drill teams, but also as the best in the world.
Known for their high kicks and the jump splits, the organization has traveled around the world, entertained millions and spurred a multi-billion-dollar dance/drill team industry worldwide.
The Rangerettes are under the direction of Dana Blair, director; Shelley Wayne, assistant director; and Angela Aulds, assistant choreographer and dance technician.
For more information, visit www.rangerette.com.
New freshman members of the 2020-21 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:
- Alvin, TX: Emma Geiman
- Austin, TX: Hannah Nauert
- Beaumont, TX: Katelyn Dickerson
- Beaumont, TX: Brea Landry
- Carrollton, TX: Cella Linebarger
- Cibolo, TX: Josephine Craighead
- College Station, TX: Baylie Senkel
- College Station, TX: Lindy Weisman
- Combine, TX: Lexi Leftwich
- Deer Park, TX: Saranda Adame
- Denton, TX: Karis Toleman
- Farmers Branch, TX: Allegra Norman
- Friendswood, TX: Ivy Sepulvado
- Garland, TX: Ashley Schutte
- Justin, TX: Sydney Lowe
- Katy, TX: Mariana Vega
- Keller, TX: Hannah McLendon
- Lantana, TX: Ivy Adams
- Lufkin, TX: Nevaeh Davis
- Lufkin, TX: Grace Montes
- McKinney, TX: Kylie Dauper
- Nederland, TX: Rhyan Stoker
- Plano, TX: Samantha Hebert
- Plano, TX: Katie Rock
- Richardson, TX: Emmy Brozak
- Richardson, TX: Bella Guzman
- Rowlett, TX: Erin Killingsworth
- San Antonio, TX: Isabella Benavidez
- Tatum, TX: Kylie Benavidez
- Troup, TX: Abbi Schoolcraft
- Whitehouse, TX: Abby Stainback
- Wichita Falls, TX: Sarah Johnston