Katelyn Norman, a 2010 graduate of Bridge City and former captain of the Strutters, was recently selected as a Kilgore Rangerette. Katelyn is one of 36 young women to be named to the prestigious drill team.

Norman is the fourth Strutters’ captain to be named a Rangerette. Katelyn plans to pursue an associate degree in biology while enrolled at Kilgore College and will later earn a nursing degree at a four-year university.

Katelyn was well-prepared for the competition having danced for four years under the direction of Cathy Riley, present Strutters’ director and former Rangerette, and received additional assistance from Kayla Kenney Norman, Katelyn’s sister-in-law and Rangerette from 2005-07.

“Katelyn is very deserving of this honor,” said Riley. “She was outstanding all four years and an excellent captain. Katelyn always gives a stellar performance and is a born entertainer. She is a role model for others in both character and work ethic.”

“Mrs. Riley has supported me through everything, she is an amazing director as well as a person,” said Norman.

Katelyn decided to pursue her dancing career when competing in the Gussie Nell Spectacular Classic in Kilgore this past spring with the Strutters.

“I watched the Rangerettes perform at the end of the competition and decided to try out,” she said.

Katelyn credits the support of her parents Morris and Belinda Norman, brother Morris III, sister Kristen, and sister-in-law Kayla as the inspiration to make it through the grueling competition along with her favorite scripture – Philippians 4:13 (“I can do everything through him who gives me strength”).

Last week 107 young women from across the nation — referred to as “hopefuls” — trained to be Rangerettes. They learned lyrical and jazz routines, as well as the Rangerettes famous high kick. The hopefuls practiced performing their routines in groups of four on Wednesday in front of sophomore Rangerettes and directors. On Thursday, they auditioned in their groups for a panel of outside judges as well as Director Dana Blair and Assistant Director Shelley Wayne.

Each of the hopefuls was given a number from 1 to 107. During the announcement, a list was posted bearing the 36 numbers of the women who made the line.

The Rangerettes are one of the best known collegiate drill teams. As a member of the Rangerettes, Norman will have the opportunity to travel not only in the Unites States but around the world.