WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Emily Cowette of Londonderry, NH will serve as the 32nd Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, March 26, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Cowette, who began twirling at six years old, is currently a freshman studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She held the position of Silver Twin during the 2021-2022 season.
Haley Aiken will return for her third consecutive year in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band as the Girl-in-Black. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Psychological Sciences. Aiken is from Jeannette, PA and has been competing both individually and on a team since 2008. She is a member of Team USA World Baton Twirling Team.
New to the position of Miss Boilerette, Katie Harris will be taking the field as the 4th person to hold the title. Currently a sophomore studying Interior Design, Harris held the position of Silver Twin for the past season. Miss Boilerette was originally part of the Purdue Twirling program during the 2009-2010 season and has been a fixture in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band since 2018.
The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band is pleased to have current sophomore, Alexa Lytle of Englewood, CO and current freshman, Alana Diedrick of Broadview, OH as the 2022-23 Silver Twins. Lytle is majoring in Geology and Geophysics and Diedrick is major in Biomedical Health Sciences Pre-Dental. Both are currently members of the Purdue All-American Twirling Team.
In addition, eight students were offered spots on the All-American Twirling Team to round out the Purdue Twirling program. They include returning twirlers, junior Caroline Hawkins, sophomore Jack Matthews, current freshman Emma Alexander, and incoming freshmen Clara Berg, Lili Breunig, Anna Hardesty, Dallas Ingle, and Bailey Wyatt.
All twirlers and band members are required to audition for positions annually, and candidates must be admitted to Purdue University in order to qualify for solo auditions. We are thrilled to welcome our new team to Purdue this fall. They will make their debut performance on Saturday, August 20, when the 137th edition of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band takes the field for their End-Of-Camp Performance.
Photo: The 32nd Purdue Golden Girl – Emily Cowette