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Rangerettes select 34 freshmen for 85th line

Surrounded by hopes, dreams and years of tradition, 34 young women became the newest members of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team June 15.

The announcement, made in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium, culminated “tryout week.”

The new Rangerettes will join 32 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.

Show-Offs, to introduce the new freshmen and select the new Rangerette officers, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Dodson Auditorium. Admission is free.

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New freshman members of the 2024-25 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:

  • Abilene, TX: C. Vermillion
  • Allen, TX: F. Duffield
  • Austin, TX: M. Howard
  • Austin, TX: J. Newell
  • Bryan, TX: E. Emola
  • Bullard, TX: A. Hazlewood
  • Deer Park, TX: M. Moody
  • El Paso, TX: A. McBain
  • Flower Mound, TX: L. Meeks
  • Flower Mound, TX: N. Laws
  • Flower Mound, TX: K. Ganson
  • Fort Worth, TX: X. Yon
  • Frisco, TX: A. Sherman
  • Frisco, TX: C. Messick
  • Frisco, TX: M. Raby
  • Georgetown, TX: C. Scruggs
  • Hallsville, TX: F. Stowe
  • Heath, TX: G. Day
  • Kilgore, TX: A. Weaver
  • Kingwood, TX: M. Brown
  • Little Elm, TX: K. Parnell
  • Longview, TX: E. Jarrell
  • McKinney, TX: R. Sandberg
  • Orange, TX: G. Jones
  • Port Neches, TX: L. Segura
  • Richmond, TX: C. Baldon
  • Rockwall, TX: H. Daffin
  • Round Rock, TX: K. Firth
  • San Antonio, TX: M. Pina
  • Sapulpa, OK: B. Latham
  • Tomball, TX: K. Strickland
  • Tomball, TX: L. From
  • Tyler, TX: M. Thompson
  • Whitehouse, TX: A. Davis