Same glittery smile, different face as Golden Girl title changes hands
Alexa Phillips of Orlando, FL, is the newest twirler to earn the respected title of Purdue Golden Girl.An incoming freshman, she topped the auditions held on Saturday, Feb. 23, and formally committed to the position Monday. Jay S. Gephart, Director of the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band made the announcement.
Phillips has been on the National team every year since moving to Florida at the age of eight. She is now the feature twirler at Lake Nona High School in Orlando.
She has collected many state, regional and national titles, including being crowded 2012 Senior Miss Majorette of Florida. She will become Golden Girl No. 28 in a tradition started by Bands Professor Emeritus Al G. Wright in 1954.
Phillips won't be the only new twirler making her debut at the Purdue vs. Indiana State game on Sept. 7. There will be a new face in the Girl in Black position as well as the Silver Twins.
Jordan Foster, of Attleboro, MA, was selected to twirl as the Girl in Black for the 2013-14 season. She previously twirled as part of the Silver Twins with Alyssa Lyzen of Brecksville, OH. For the upcoming season, Lyzen will be paired with another incoming freshman in the Silver Twins duet.
Joining her is Julianna Johnson of Niles, Ohio. In the fall of 2012, Johnson was among 15 young women chosen nationwide as Twirling Ambassadors to Peru and participated in the 62nd annual Festival Internacional de Primavera.