The Girl-in-Black soloist feature twirler with the “All-American” Marching Band is a compliment to the Golden Girl with her superior talent. During the 1961 season, there were guest “Golden Girls,” but no permanent soloist accompanying the Golden Girl. Originally performing as the “International Twirler” in 1962, an announcer exclaimed, “Who is that girl in black?” and the position earned its title.
In 2017, Kaitlyn Schleis became the Girl-in-Black. Kaitlyn is a sophomore from Oshkosh, Wisconsin studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue.