August 28, 1998
Purdue Marching Band selects solo twirlersWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ann M. Loppnow, a junior majoring in industrial hygiene from Hartland, Wis., held on to her title for the third year in a row, becoming the 22nd Purdue University Golden Girl after auditions Friday (8/21).
Also chosen Friday were a new Girl in Black, Nicole M. Ferree, and new Silver Twins, Wendy King and Erin Buescher.
The four solo twirlers not only perform with the band, but also represent the university as ambassadors at meetings and other events, performing and giving speeches.
Ferree is from York, Pa., and is a sophomore majoring in elementary education. She is a five-time national twirling champion in the Drum Majorettes of America. She currently holds the title Majorette Queen of America for 1999.
The Golden Girl position was created in 1954 as the band's counterpart to Boilermaker football quarterback Lenny Dawson, who was dubbed Purdue's Golden Boy by the press. The band added the Silver Twins in 1960, and the Girl in Black position was created in 1962.
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