POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 7:14pm
Kilgore, TX — 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 tryout process with 80 hopefuls vying for a coveted position on the 73rd Rangerette line.
The new Rangerettes will join 35 sophomores to make a line of 71.
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 and entertained millions.
The new freshman members of the 2012-13 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:
Allen – Breanna Burns
Austin – Ashlee Cloud, Julie Byron, Lauren Gier and Kelsey Johnson
Bellville – Abigail Jamar
College Station – Jenna Helduser
Hallsville – Heather Prince
Huntington – Dezirae Burnett
Flower Mound – Robin Richardson
Fort Worth – Whitney Costello
Friendswood – Leisha Kastner
Garland – Madison Hancock
Highland Village – Lauren Gula
Kilgore – K.J. Greene, Tori Boaze, Ally Honeycutt and Jennifer Jones
Lewisville – Emily Mansfield
Magnolia – Kaitlin Hanus
Manvel – Kacie Stanfield
Marshall – Kelsey West
Montgomery – McKinley Lindwall and Christine Kleinecke
Pharr – Lauren Cabrera
Plano – Julia Goebel
Port Neches – Marli Kimball
Richardson – Taylor Mackintosh and Sarah Doman
Round Rock – Heather Manskey and Stacy Sauceda
San Antonio – Carrie Matus
Tyler – Katylynn Stalcup, Angie Gonzalez and Thalia Molina
Waxahachie – Elizabeth Power