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Majorettes prepare for 70th anniversary

Alumni majorettes from Cairo High School are gathering information about the 70 year history of local majorettes as they prepare to mark the anniversary next month. The former twirlers plan to honor the very first majorettes in addition to the majorette lines of the 1950s and 1960s during the festivities, which will include an Oct. 20 performance during halftime of the Syrupmakers’ football game against Westover High School.
Any alumna/alumnus who can contribute historical information and photos should contact Nola Daughtry by email at noladaughtry@windstream.net or by telephone, 229-378-7272. Also, a Facebook page, “Cairo High School Majorette Alumni” has been created for additional communication.
Daughtry has compiled a list of facts about majorettes that she plans to use, including that the majorettes and band were started the same year, 1947; leaders of majorettes were referred to as corporals from 1947-1952 and majorettes were called lieutenants. Leaders of majorettes were called corporal, chief majorette, then head majorettes or captain. Laura Lastinger Crockett was the first head majorette at Washington Junior High band, 1970-71. Crockett was also the first feature twirler, 1973-74. Mr. Joe David, referred to feature twirlers as once in a lifetime gifted twirlers. During the 70 year history, there have only been nine feature twirlers, Crockett, Karen Lastinger, Jane Knighton Martin, Nola Knighton Daughtry, Margaret Wight, Tilda Shepard Brimm, Dana Prince Willis, Sherry Norton and Erin Connell.

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