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.
For more information, visit www.rangerette.com.
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