Thursday, June 30th 2022

Kilgore College Rangerettes select 36 freshmen for 83rd line

Surrounded by hopes, dreams and years of tradition, 36 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 “tryout week.”

Eighty-four “Hopefuls” applied this year for a coveted position on the 83rd Rangerette line.

The new Rangerettes will join 32 sophomores to make a team of 68.

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.

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New freshman members of the 2022-24 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:

  • Austin, TX: Eleanor Geeslin
  • Austin, TX: Caroline Hanley
  • Austin, TX: Emma Sheneman
  • Brownsville, TX: Samantha Rodriguez
  • Buda, TX: Sophie Dodson
  • Bullard, TX: Emma Nunn
  • College Station, TX: Darci Wielenga
  • Colleyville, TX: Madelyn Oley
  • Cypress, TX: Keira Newsom
  • Dallas, TX: Audrey Stone
  • Deer Park, TX: Hayley Triplett
  • Denham Springs, LA: Emily Dozier
  • Donna, TX: Marlen Zamora
  • Flower Mound, TX: Vanessa Pueskens
  • Flower Mound, TX: Holly Stewart
  • Galveston, TX: Tyler Garza
  • Hallsville, TX: Abby Cox
  • Keller, TX: Bailey Ruiz
  • Kilgore, TX: Tessa Audas
  • Kilgore, TX: Abby Hattaway
  • Kilgore, TX: Madison Weaver
  • Klein, TX: Kennedy Landor
  • Lake Dallas, TX: Jordan Ray
  • Lufkin, TX: Mia Sandoval
  • McKinney, TX: Diana Dutze
  • Midlothian, TX: Sarah Miller
  • Mount Pleasant, TX: Madyson Arzate
  • Nederland, TX: Emily Tran
  • New Braunfels, TX: Payton Gibson
  • Plano, TX: Lauren Nix
  • Round Rock, TX: Ella Byrd
  • Tomball, TX: Avery Dickerson
  • Tyler, TX: Kaela Peavy
  • Tyler, TX: Truleigh Trosclair
  • Whitehouse, TX: Kymbree Jeter
  • Whitehouse, TX: Ashley Singley