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, culminates a week-long process of 80 “hopefuls” vying for a coveted position on the 2016-17 Rangerette line.
The new Rangerettes will join 36 sophomores to make a line of 72.
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 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.
For more information, visit www.rangerette.com.
The new freshman members of the 2016-17 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:
- Austin: Erin Ellis, Kaitlyn Kelly and Baleigh Williams
- Caldwell: Isabel Sorto
- Carrollton: Kasey Davis
- Corpus Christi: Sarah Salinas
- Deer Park: Andress Zepeda
- Donna: Amanda Alaniz
- Garland: Sara Denman
- Georgetown: Taylor Hobbs
- Hallsville: Jordan Allred
- Hewitt: Madi Minard
- Highland Village: Victoria Buschow
- Houston: Gabrielle DePau and Kristin Lopez
- Huffman: Laurel Darwin
- Kingwood: Victoria Soderman and Bailey Ferguson
- La Porte: Lindsey Witt
- Longview: Natalie Poss and Alexa Blair
- Magnolia: Natalie Sassaman
- McKinney: Monica Mata Perez
- Mesquite: Ana Espinosa and Diana Espinosa
- Midlothian: Myah Brown
- Pasadena: Monica Baez
- Plano: Jadyn Champagne
- Porter: Kristen Hill
- Richardson: Madeleine Lindholm
- Round Rock: Lana Louis and Oddalys Salcido
- San Marcos: Jenna Judkins
- Tomball: Shelby Reynolds and Jensine Dalfrey
- Tyler: Sarah Barns