The Texas HighSteppers…more than just a Dance Team.
During the summer of 1978, approximately ninety sophomores and juniors performed a try-out routine for five judges to be part of the first drill team established at Texas High School. Fifty-three members were selected. Miss Denise Karpelenia, Sponsor, called her team “The HighSteppers” and the rewards were many during that first year.
Mrs. Jeanie Nutter became the new drill team instructor in 1988 and remained the sponsor for eight years. In 1996, she turned her duties over to Mrs. Gigi Still who served as sponsor of the team until 2013 when Still then turned the reins over to Mrs. Kristi Robinson. In 2015, Mrs. Amber Reynolds became the director and she is looking forward to taking the HighSteppers to a new level of success. Mrs. Reynolds teaches the team that through teamwork, dedication, setting goals, and determination, excellence will be possible. The Texas HighSteppers continue the tradition of success earning consecutive Sweepstakes titles and Division I ratings for dance. In recent years, they have received the coveted Gussie Nell Davis Award for earning scores of 90 or above from all judges for all team routines, the Dr. Irving Dreibrodt Award for outstanding military routine, the Curtain Call Academic Achievement Award given to the team with the highest overall GPA and the Biogeme Sportsmanship Award.
Though the team of 31 dancers dedicate many hours to practicing their routines, the young ladies are also involved in several other school organizations. There are multiple members of the drill team who are also members of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society,Student Council, Rosebud Junior Garden Club, Tiger Vision, Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Jounalism, Key Club, Leadership and the Tiger Yearbook staff. From their participation in so many extracurricular clubs, it is evident that the Texas HighSteppers ARE MORE than just a dance team.