2012 Kennett graduate Alexandria Washburn performs for the Arkansas State University Marching Band at halftime of a 2012 Arkansas State college football game.
Washburn, a 2012 graduate of Kennett High School, most recently has served as a freshman majorette of the Arkansas State University Red Wolves Marching Band.
Earlier this month, Washburn was part of the Red Wolves championship football experience at the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Washburn and the Red Wolves entertained thousands during the week-long activities preceding the GoDaddy.com Bowl Arkansas State won 17-13 against Kent State.
Washburn also delivered standout halftime performances throughout the Red Wolves 2012 football season.
"My experience has been great," Washburn said. "I've had a lot of help throughout the Kennett community. Courtney Rhew and Sandy Crunk have been phenomenal. The local community has also provided support. The local churches bring the youth and make sure they stop by and say 'hey' to me and wish me luck. That's a really good confidence boost when you are in a stadium with thousands of people and know you have people from your hometown watching you."
Washburn will have additional responsibilities as a majorette her sophomore year of college. Washburn was recently voted majorette captain of the Red Wolves Marching Band after undergoing auditions and interviews at the conclusion of this year's season.
"You have to come up with a routine and perform it for the band director and judges," Washburn said of the tryouts. "Last summer I came down and tried out for the band director. I made the cut and became an ASU majorette my freshman year at ASU.
"This year right after Thanksgiving break we had tryouts for a captain position," Washburn added. "I tried out for that and was selected captain."
Washburn has previous leadership experience. Washburn was senior captain of the Kennett High School majorette line her senior year at Kennett.
"She caught on quick to twirling," Lea Jo Wallace, who taught Washburn to twirl in elementary, said. "She was head twirler in high school and very good about making up routines for the other girls and directing them on the routines."
Washburn said she started twirling at a young age.
"Miss Lea Jo Wallace taught me how to twirl in second grade," Washburn said. "I wasn't really coordinated enough for cheerleading so I got into twirling. It was a little more graceful. I went through Lea Jo's classes until sixth grade and worked with Miss Rhew in seventh grade. Miss Rhew because my sponsor my tenth grade year and helped me get to where I am at with Arkansas State."
Washburn is working toward a degree in business administration with a minor in health. She says she would like to one day be an administrator at a hospital. She is the daughter of Kelley and Doug Washburn.
"I'm so proud of her," Kennett twirling sponsor Courtney Rhew said of Washburn. "She's had a flawless season and I'm looking forward to next year."