The Jesuit Rangerettes are the drill and dance team that represents both Ursuline Academy and Jesuit College Preparatory. The team is comprised solely of students from Ursuline Academy. Founded in 1971, the Rangerettes entertained the crowd at Jesuit's home football games on Friday nights in the fall for over 20 years. In the late 1980s a culture change caused the team to fold and go into a hiatus.
In 1996, Linda Coffin, our current head director and Ursuline Alumnae, Rangerette and Rangerette Captain, approached The Rev. Philip Postell, Jesuit's President at the time, and proposed bringing the Rangerettes back. Fr. Postell recognized Linda's experience, as well understood her intentions. Not only did Linda bring her extensive dance, drill and teaching background to the table, but she and her family were established members of the Dallas Catholic community and knew what this type of organization could do for thecommunity as well as for the girls who participated He gave her the green light to restart the Rangerettes, but not even he, in his infinite wisdom, could imagine the impact the Rangerettes would leave on the community 20 years later.
Since their restart, the Rangerettes have consistently dazzled Jesuit football fans at halftime during the fall and amazed judges at competition in the spring always bringing home lots of hardware and swag.. They are like most drill teams in which they perform at football and basketball games, attend contests as well as put on a spectacular year-end shows every spring where they showcase their best dancers, favorite routines and have a little fun with their freshmen dads.
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The motto of the girls' school, Ursuline, is "serviam," which is latin for service. An Ursuline and Rangerettes alumna herself, Linda incorporates the strong serviam spirit so integral to the Ursuline experience in the the Rangerettes' program by including an extensive community service aspect in the team's calendar. Under her leadership, our Rangerettes have used their visibility to reach out to our community in a variety of meaningful ways. The Rangerettes can be frequently seen serving in various ways at The Ronald McDonald House, Scottish Rite Hospital, Children's Medical Center, The Notre Dame School--just to name a few. Most recently they came together and made blankets and collected items for Take Me Home Pet Rescue, one of the DFW's largest animal rescue organizations. One of their favorite annual community service projects is their "Trunk or Treat" safe Halloween event held in the Jesuit parking lot for the kids in the community along with the Jesuit rugby team.
Most importantly, the team and their directors have their priorities in order. Most of the drill teams the Rangerettes see in competition practice every day--the Rangerttes meet only 2 days a week and are still able to go "toe to toe" with them. Not only do the Rangerettes dance hard, they study hard. As Ursuline Academy is arguably one the the most academically challenging high schools in the state, the team members understand they must balance the demands of their academic load with their Rangerettes calendar. In spite of this, the Jesuit Rangerettes consistently are named the top academic team based on GPA at every competition they attend.
As busy as our Rangerettes are fulfilling their obligations to Ursuline, Jesuit and the Community, they are still able to accept invitations to perform at venues world-wide. Over the past years, the destinations have included Ireland, Walt Disney World and Superbowl XVL. The next destination? Who knows?
The Rangerettes hold auditions for their line every April. For more information, please check the website starting in February or contact Mrs. Coffin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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