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 of 95 hopefuls vying for a coveted position on the 74th 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 and entertained millions.
The new freshman members of the 2013-14 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:
Allen – Emily Diehl
Austin – Caroline Bentley and Haley Martin
Bedford – Kelci Bjornlie
Cedar Park – Amber McMillan and Katie Seeselberg
College Station – Reagan Reynolds
Dallas – Alexa Garza
Edinburg – Aleyda Aguirre
Fort Worth – Abbey Nunley
Gladewater – Leslie Rowe
Grapevine – Brianna Lutrell
Houston – Caitlin Havins and Rachel Meents
Jefferson – Bethany Todaro
Justin – Cortney Gelpi
Kilgore – Taylor Walker and Shelby White
Kingwood – Shelby Westover
La Porte – Noelie Barabay
Longview – Kevelyn Jones and Catherine Shore
Magnolia – Jordan Baird
McKinney – Cera Taylor
Nederland – Marissa Weber
Pearland – Arianna Sandoval
Port Neches – Gabrielle Jordan
Round Rock – Emily Wendt
Rowlett – Katelyn Barton and Savanna Fredrickson
Salt Lake City, Utah – Olivia Thompson
Sugar Land – Emily Cox
Tyler – Chelsea Crawford, Cassidy Hale and Ashton Terry
Woodward – Jessica Hensal