From staff reports

The newest group of Kilgore College Rangerettes was announced Wednesday, and though COVID-19 restrictions changed up the usual fanfare, the joy of those who made the cut was the same.

The tryout process ended with 32 young women becoming the 81st line of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team. None of the new members is from Kilgore or Longview.

Masked Rangerette hopefuls waited outside Dodson Auditorium on Wednesday morning before being let in to learn if they had made the line. The young women stood 6 feet apart in a line that stretched far down the street versus anxiously crowded at the door as in years past.

Parents and family members had to remain outside for the news of who would become the next Rangerettes. In previous years before the pandemic hit, family could go inside the auditorium after the announcement and take photos on the stage.