The Pasadena High School Eagle Escort drill team celebrates their 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the organization is hosting a one time only reunion performance at the November 7 football game at 1 p.m.
“The goal of this event is to ‘Fill the Field’ with Eagle Escort alumni and we will be doing just that,” former PHS Eagle Escort Director and alumna Patricia Cherry said. “Several members from those first classes will be represented on the field and will be performing.”
Alumni are traveling from as far as California, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington D.C. to perform with the group.
“Seeing everyone again brings back so many memories. A lot of that time we spent together really formed who we are today,” Alumna Sheryl Munn said. “The lessons we learned, we learned together. Even though there aren’t too many alumni from my class who have come back, I still know the girls who graduated around me. We are like a big family.”
The alumni group has been practicing their moves since early this school year to gear up for the performance, sacrificing several Saturdays as well as countless rehearsal time at home.
“The Eagle Escorts were a large part of my life,” Alumna Sylvia Harden said. “My two older sisters were on the drill team, one on the original team and one on the second year. I was always so in awe of the team and then I joined in 1971. This is such an exciting opportunity to come back and see everyone again.”
Over 200 members, representing each decade will join the current team on the field during the halftime show. The public is encouraged to attend and celebrate 50 years of excellence with the Eagle Escort drill team.
From left to right: Wanda Bunch Hayes, Janice Jones Baggett, Charlotte Putman Larson, Montie Dykes Pennington, Rosie Casas Rocha and Vickie Show Tiemann.
From left to right bottom row: Wanda Wilkerson, Charlene Wilkerson Burton and Sylvia Casas Harden. Middle row: Gail Borque, Robin Ainsworth, Teresa Hughes Duff and Sherry D. Trainer Tavel. Top row: Jan Stack Tekell and Janet Binford Downing.