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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.
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