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Kilgore College Rangerettes select 32 freshmen for 84th line


Surrounded by hopes, dreams and years of tradition, 32 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, culminated “tryout week.”

The new Rangerettes will join 36 sophomores to make a team of 68.

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.

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New freshman members of the 2023-24 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:

  • Arlington, TX: Bethany Plog
  • Baytown, TX: Addison Schmidt
  • Bridge City, TX: Karsyn Guillory
  • Bullard, TX: Ashlynn Hines
  • Carrollton, TX: Samantha Foughty
  • College Station: Jordan Reynolds
  • Denton, TX: Rosie Adams
  • El Paso, TX: Alyssa McBain
  • Fort Worth, TX: Hallayah Hayes
  • Hallsville, TX: Chloe Bonner
  • Jacksonville, TX: Brooklyn Hunter
  • Houston, TX: Rachel Holcombe
  • Kilgore, TX: Maddi Riley
  • Leander, TX: Jillian Curtis
  • Longview, TX: Halle Moore
  • Longview, TX: Hailey Pitman
  • Lumberton, TX: Brinly Lewis
  • McKinney, TX: Karissa Kinnon
  • McKinney, TX: Grace Stephens
  • Nederland, TX: Emily Landry
  • Nederland, TX: Ashlee Pham
  • Plano, TX: Kailey Adams
  • Pleasanton, TX: Darcy Macmanus
  • Port Neches, TX: Penelope Robles
  • Rockwall, TX: Laynie Taylor
  • Sour Lake, TX: Molly Gajeske
  • The Woodlands: Codi Keng
  • The Woodlands: Emma Summers
  • Tyler, TX: Ella Byers
  • Tyler, TX: Mallory Craft
  • Whitehouse, TX: Blair Davis
  • Wimberley, TX: Lynzee Walker

Photo by Rachel Stallard/KC

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