The Tigerettes are Color Guard of Lebanon High School. They dance, twirl baton, rifles, flags and perform with the marching band. During winter season they learn a choreographed routine without the band to perform at several competitions.
This year the Tigerettes placed first in their specific round for their routine at the first competition, moving them on to regionals. At regionals, the Tigerettes placed third overall, sending them to Semi-State. Semi-State was planning to take place at Decatur Central High School on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Due to the recent outbreak on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Semi-State competition was sadly canceled, ending the season for the Tigerettes.
Senior Brianna Robertson was a member of the Tigerettes for all four years of high school. She lettered after completing one full year of Tigerettes as a freshman and has made it to Semi-State multiple times throughout her high school career.
“My favorite part of Tigerettes is performing with the marching band because it gives us something to work on over summer and you can always count on the music never messing up,” said Robertson.
Senior Jasmine Murphy is going to miss the entire Tigerettes season as it held a dear spot in her heart. For Murphy, this past season with the Tigerettes taught her about respect, communication and life overall.
“My favorite memory from the season has to be every moment that has lead us up to this point! I say it as one memory because when I look back in the future, I am not only going to remember one point, I will remember it all as it was day by day, practice by practice, competition by competition,” said Murphy.
As a senior, this was Murphy’s last chance to perform with the Tigerettes. She recognizes how great their leadership team is and thanks them for always encouraging them to strive to do their best.
“We may not be able to compete for first at state, but in my eyes we are all winners! Because not once did any of us give up. We fought for what we wanted and I know the team will do amazing things next year and kick butt,” said Murphy.
Sophomore Anneliese Wolfgang has been in Tigerettes for two years now, with previous experience in Cubbettes, the color guard of Lebanon Middle School, for two years. She believes this past season went really well overall with winning many times and having a good chance at getting a state title.
“COVID-19 caused our season to be cut short just three days before we competed at Semi State and that experience was truly heartbreaking. We worked extremely hard all year and it was all about to pay off. We were only .22 points away from first in our division, so it was very possible that we could have brought home a state title back to our school,” said Wolfgang.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have suffered, like the Tigerettes, with the disappointment of competitions being cancelled or postponed. Many athletic teams have been preparing and practicing all season for competitions this time of year and now feel as if all of their hard work was for nothing.