Cooper High Cougarette dances her way to the top

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- Cooper High School graduate makes one of the most well known collegiate drill teams in the nation, the Kilgore Rangerettes.

After one long week of tryouts, 18-year-old Kelsey Little, former Cooper High Cougarette, is dancing her way to the top.

“It’s still surreal, like I wake up and am still in disbelief that it happened.” Stated Little.

Growing up, Kelsey Little always wanted to be a Kilgore Rangerette.

“It’s been a dream of mine for the longest time.” Added Little.

Kelsey’s mother, Maxanne Little, told KRBC that she has watched her daughter grow into an amazing dancer.

“She started when she was itty bitty, just like her older sister, but when I found out she was furthering her career, I knew she would make it and do big things.” Explained Mrs. Little.

Although people may have doubted her on the way to the top, she never let it get in her way.

“People tell you that you can’t do it, just like they told me, but that is what made me want it that much more.” Kelsey told KRBC.

But, making the Rangerettes wasn’t the only battle Kelsey has struggled with.

Mrs. Little said, “Kelsey is a type-1 diabetic, so that is another challenge that she faces every day, and that never stopped her.”

“Everyday, I’m working on my technique regardless of how I felt. Some days I just wanted to stay in bed all day and watch Vampire Diaries, but I knew I had to train and knew I couldn’t be lazy.” Kelsey said.

Becoming one of the 36 freshman girls to make the team, wasn’t easy.

“The routine we learned for the kick is the kick routine they do for the year, so they don’t water it down.”

Kelsey told KRBC that the tryout consisted of learning three different routines, a workout day, and much more.

“It was mentally exhausting but I knew I had to be strong and keep a smile on my face and just really do my best.” Said Kelsey.

She said making the team wouldn’t be possible without the preporation from her high school drill team director.

“Going to the auditions, I felt like I had Mrs. McMillon right there with me at times when I did feel discouraged.”

Kelsey said as soon as she found out she was one of the 36 young woman chosen, she immediately called Kimberely McMillon, the Cooper Cougarette Drill Team Director.

“I knew it was her when the phone rang a little after 10 a.m., and so I answered and and said yes Kelsey, and she just cried and told me she made the team.”

Both Mrs. McMillon and Kelsey’s parents couldn’t be more proud.

“She worked so hard and she really wanted it and she was ready to leave it all out there no matter what happened, and I know she is proud of what she had done.” McMillon said.

“She is so strong and I know she’s gonig to be phenomenal and do great things.” Added Mrs. Little.

Kelsey wants to continue to inspire others to reach for their dreams just like she did.

“You don’t even have to be a type-1, no matter, you can’t let that stop you from accomplishing your dreams.”

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