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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 July 17.
The announcement, made in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus, culminates a week-long process of 96 hopefuls vying for a coveted position on the 76th 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 Kilgore College Rangerettes received the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Award from the Texas Cultural Trust Feb. 25 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.
The Rangerettes accepted the award along with others such as Jamie Foxx, Dan Rather and T Bone Burnett.
Awarded biennially, the awards recognize lifetime achievement in several categories.
Some 83 people have been honored with a Texas Medal of the Arts including Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Eva Longoria, Betty Buckley, Debbie Allen and Robert Rodriguez.