Friday, July 15th 2016

Rangerettes select 36 freshmen after week-long tryout

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.

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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