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ONCE A HIGHSTEPPER, ALWAYS A HIGHSTEPPER

2021 Highstepper Highlights Spring Show 

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  1. Lauren (Bane) McGuire May 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Lauren (Bane) McGuire, Class of 1999. My husband, Brian, and I have been married for 6 1/2 years and have a two year old son, Ethan.

  2. Christy (Olsen) Wright May 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Christy (Olsen) Wright, Captain and Class of 1995. Married to Newt Wright and mother to Baylee and Gracee (beautiful Golden Retriever sisters) Highstepper coach from 2004-2011 and I love everything about this program!!!!!

  3. Kristi (Lacey) Posey May 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Former Director…for nine years! Mommy of 2 amazing kids!!!

    • Kevin James Partridge July 9, 2012 at 12:06 am Reply

      I remember You Erica Allen, Jenny pitts, and Kelly Shannahan. Were in Deca together in that marketing class. My name is Kevin James Partridge e-mail address http://www.kevin.partridge@yahoo.com. I would love to here from you. RIght on oh and I’m a better dancer than everyone. Just kidding

  4. McClayn Gullekson May 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer! Class of 2007 (I love you all)
    Now a Sophomore at OU.

  5. Lauren Nichols May 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Co-Captain
    Just finished two amazing years at Kilgore as a Rangerette!

  6. Carrie Reese May 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 2002
    Now teaching fourth grade at Union:)

  7. Jeannie Barnes May 7, 2008 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper… Class of 2005..
    Manager at Ted’s Cafe Escondido in Broken Arrow
    Working on my Bachelors in Business Management

  8. Becky (Chappel) Rice May 8, 2008 at 10:36 am Reply

    Former highstepper class of 1995….. (sheesh)
    Graduated from OSU in 2000, GO POKES! I have been teaching for 6 years. Currently a 5th grade teacher, married and have 2 boys under the age of 5.

  9. BreAnnah Eddy May 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 2007.
    Now a Sophmore at OSU working on a Sociology degree.

  10. Samantha Rossiter May 10, 2008 at 10:49 am Reply

    Former Highstepper, Sr. Lt., and Lifer, Class of 2007.
    Now attending my 2nd year at Kilgore College as a Rangerette.

  11. Lauren Tallent May 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Capt. and Lifer, Class of 2007 Currently at OU pursuing an Occupational Theraphy Degree- I LOVE THE HIGHSTEPPERS!

  12. Tracey Tallent May 12, 2008 at 8:41 am Reply

    Former Highstepper, Lifer, Class of 2001, OSU Graduate and career in Human Resources at Montereau in Tulsa!

  13. Ashley Watts May 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Lifer, Class of 2002.
    Graduated OU in 2006.
    Just finished my second year of law school at Berkeley. I graduate from Berkeley Law in May of 2009, and no one has any idea how much I’m looking forward to that.

  14. Chelsea Cagle May 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Sr. Lt., Lifer – – class of 2006
    Just finished 2 years at Kilgore College as a Rangerette
    Pursuing a degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design

  15. Alicia (Raffensperger) Green May 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer!!!! Class of 2000. I graduated from TU, and am working at Accounting Principals as a recruiter. I have a 9 month old daughter (future dancer) named Madison, and am in my 11th or 12th year of teaching dance classes, mainly jazz and pom.

  16. Lindsay (Clifton) Wileman May 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 2000. Graduated from OSU in 2004… currently working as a Human Resources professional in Phoenix, AZ.

  17. Spring (Frankenburger) Weaver May 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Class of 2001! Founding member of The Capulets. 🙂

    I graduated from John Brown University in 2005 with a degree in English, and I’m now living in Dallas with my wonderful husband, Chad, and our weimaraner, Rufus. Working for TracyLocke (advertising) as a copyeditor.

  18. Nicole (Fischer) Lee May 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Class of 1993, Rangerette 93-95, “Big Sis” to Christy (Olsen) Wright, attended TU & graduated from Long Beach State, HR Manager at Deloitte in Los Angeles, married to Richard Lee, mom of a cat and a puppy.

  19. Kelly Ryan May 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Former highstepper, Class of 2007. Lifer and jr/sr Lieutenant. Now attending Oklahoma State =) Highstepper 4 Life ❤

  20. Jessica (Collins) Tonubbee May 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of 2002! An original Capulet also:) Do they still do that?
    I attend culinary school for Baking & Pastry Arts in New York, which is absolutely fabulous. I will be in Chicago this summer for my internship and will graduate next May.

  21. Erin (Utter) Dory May 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Class of 99 and a lifer as well. Attended OU and currently work at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Expecting my first child this fall!

  22. Jozalyn Harris May 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 07!

    Now attending OSU.

    Yay Highsteppers!!! Love you all!

  23. Renee (Sharkey) Jensen May 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Former highstepper, class of 2000. Graduated for OSU in 2004. Go pokes!

  24. Megan Johnson May 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of 2002!

    I just graduated from the University of Tulsa with my Masters in Education. I have been working in the TU Football Office for the past 4 years in recruiting, and I will begin my teaching career in the Fall. So excited! 🙂

  25. Cara Christoffersen May 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Sr. Lt, Class of 2004

    I’m a medical student at the University of Oklahoma with plans of being a surgeon. I graduated from OU with a degree in psychology. I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred…Boomer Sooner!!!!

  26. Katie (Campbell) Morgan May 12, 2008 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Co-Captain, class of 2002.

    I’m a 3rd grade teacher for Frisco ISD in Texas. I live in Allen with my husband Jeff and our puppy dog Layla. We’ll be married for 3 years this summer! Yea!

  27. Jennifer (Robinson) Timm May 12, 2008 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper class of 2003.

    I am a business and planning analyst for Spirit AeroSystems. I graduated from OSU in 2007. I live in Tulsa with my husband Brandon.

  28. Sarah (Franklin) Cortese May 12, 2008 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer Class of ’99. Graduated from OU in ’03 and have worked as a dietitian in Tennessee for 5 years. I have a wonderful 2 year old son, Carson.

  29. Cristina Abbott May 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm Reply

    I am a former highstepper, class of 2007. I am now at Tulsa Community College and am planning on transfering to OSU Tulsa after next year.

  30. Brittany Atwood May 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and lifer class of 2005. I am a senior at OU pursuing a degree in public relations!

  31. Megan (Ohlig) Taylor May 12, 2008 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Co-Captain, class of ’98!

    I graduated from Southwest Baptist University in ’02. I’ve been married for six years, and we have a beautiful two year old. I am a stay at home mom in Augusta, GA.

  32. Devon James May 12, 2008 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of ’01.

    Graduated from NEO (Norsestar) with an AA in Liberal Arts, UCO with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and I am currently at the University of Southern Mississippi working on my MFA in Theatre.

  33. Kristin Ball May 12, 2008 at 11:56 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Lifer, Class of 2001

    Graduated from OU in May 05′ with a Bachelors in Advertising and a Minor in Business. I have lived in Dallas for 3 years now and recently bought a townhome near Downtown. I work as an Account Supervisor at RAZOR where I help manage the marketing and advertising for Domino’s.

  34. Heather (Taylor) Horinek May 13, 2008 at 11:27 am Reply

    Former Highstepper class of 2001

    I’ve been married to my wonderful husband Matthew for a little over 2 years and we have a beautiful baby girl who’s 7 months old. She was born on Sept. 28th 2007. Looking forward to have another one in a year or so.

    We belong to LifeChurchTV in Tulsa… Best church ever!

    Matthew works for BOk’s Retirement Sales Division, and I work in the ER at St. Francis part time.

  35. Justine (Eckert) Landsberg May 13, 2008 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Former highstepper and co-captain, class of 2003. I was the Little Mermaid as a Pretty Pretty Princess. 🙂

    I graduated from Oklahoma State in 2007 with a degree in vocal music education. I am the 6-12 head choir director in Robinson ISD, near Waco. I also direct a church choir at Florence United Methodist Church.

    I have been married for one year now to Nils. He is the marching band director at the University of Mary-Hrdin Baylor.

  36. Kristi Smith May 14, 2008 at 11:45 am Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of 2000

    I received my bachelors degree in business administration from OSU-Tulsa in 2007.

    My husband, Jeremy, and I have been married for a little over a year. We have 5 children combined; one together, two from his previous marriage, and two from my previous marriage.

  37. Gabby Johnson May 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Jr. & Sr. Lieutenant, Class of 2007. Now attending Oklahoma State. i love and miss the highsteppers!!

  38. Stacey Kitchen-Stewart May 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Former Highsterpper class of 1999! Graduated from Oklahoma State with and Animal Science degree and Communication Disorders degree. I currently run a gourmet dog bakery and work as an Animal nutrition specialist for Nutro and I love it! I’m married to Billy Stewart (Union ’99 graduate) and we have a chocolate lab named Heisman. He is our practice child!

  39. Heather Hall May 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper- Class of 95. I have been dancing ever since I graduated from Union: Dance Captain on some cruise ships, international tours w/ Christian bands, Branson, and Vegas, etc. I have been teaching dance off and on for 13 years until this year. I hung up my shoes and now have a job at a production/advertising co. called Current C Creative. Always trying to be patient with God’s timing, and grateful for his grace. “Chiqutia Bananas…” (does anyone remember that)

  40. Catherine Payton May 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer, class of 2007. I was in the rockin’ Capulet family. Now attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where I am majoring in Political Science with a double minor in French and Radio, TV, Film. I am so proud of all of the Highsteppers and their amazing accomplishments as Alumnea and current members.

  41. Kristi (Lacey) Posey May 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm Reply

    OK – so I didn’t put in my year. Class of 97! WOOHOO! 🙂 You might remember our senior routine…it was a HOOP! Yeah, I know. Oh, and one of the ultimate Highstepper nerds!

  42. Brenda Kitchen May 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer, class of 1997. Since graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University, I have lived all over the country doing theatre. I am currently doing shows in North Carolina and am planning on going back to school for a second degree at UNC Wilmington in the fall. Never been married, no kids, but I do have the cutest dog in the world, a bichon frise named Fosse.
    P.S. Kristi, I too remember the HOOP dance!

  43. Hannah Moreland May 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Now, I can officially say I’m a former Highstepper…weird. Captain and Lifer, class of 2008! I plan to major in biochemistry at the University of Arkansas and then go on to pharmacy school. Charlie’s Angels rule! Go Highsteppers!

  44. Tara (Wolfenbarger) Hutsell May 20, 2008 at 10:53 am Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 1999! Graduated from Oklahoma State with MIS degree in 2003 and now I am a senior business analyst for a software company (Metavante Image Solutions) in OKC. Married Ehren Hutsell (Union c/o 99) in 2005!

    I was in the hoop dance too!

  45. Courtney Young May 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper (thats wierd to say now haha i just graduated), class of 2008 and co-captain! Yay O’hana family! I’m going to OSU in the fall and majoring pre-med/physiology and going of the med school to become a pediatrician!
    I love highsteppers

    • Courtney (Young) Sauls August 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply

      This is hilarious! I’m now married. Graduated from OSU with a degree in Physiology and am in my 4th year of medical school becoming a, you guessed it, Pediatrician. Gee, my 18 year old self was a good goal setter. So happy to have been a part of the Highstepper program, not only as a dancer but as a coach for the previous 2 years. Yea Highsteppers.

  46. BreAnne Vincent June 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of 2006!
    Now a Junior at Baylor!! =D I ❤ Baylor!!
    I miss u guys!!!!!! And I love you guys! =D

  47. Lauren Crews June 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper and Captain — Class of 2006!! Just finished two amazing years as a Kilgore College Rangerette! Majoring in Elementary Education.

  48. Susan Kline July 6, 2008 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Highstepper from ’90 to ’93. Union 1993, OU 1997, PhD in Cell Biology from IU in 2004.

    Currently I’m living in San Diego where I’m a writer for the biotechnology industry, which means I translate the mumbo jumbo coming out of the scientists’ and MDs’ mouths into something the rest of the world can comprehend.

    No kids, but I like it that way. No husband either….but I’m workin’ on it. And I get to see Nicole (Fischer) Lee a few times a year since she’s only one terrible drive through LA away from me. 🙂

  49. Nicole (Fischer) Lee July 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Oh Heather Hall – I do remember Chiquita Bananas vaguely. I also remember grumpy tall girl tirades at 6am as a result of certain weird born to hand jive moves in a competition high kick routine.

  50. Christy Crowe Hopkins August 5, 2008 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper class of 1999. I have a 5 year old girl, Toni and I have a dance supply business and am lucky enough to supply dancewear to the Highsteppers now! I was a lifer as well…. and I still have the erge to dye a white streak underneath my hair sometimes.

  51. Cassie (Risner) Baluh August 12, 2008 at 8:10 am Reply

    Class of ’98, Highstepper Lifer! I’ve been a nurse for 6 years and my husband David and I have one 5 year old son. Still live in Tulsa. Go Union!

  52. Kathy Smith Watkins September 3, 2008 at 7:54 am Reply

    Former Highstepper captain class of 1980 – back in the olden days. I remember when we first formed back in 1977. I believe our tryout routine was to the song I’m Your Boogey Man. We were such an oddity at that time, the band did not like to play for us and most of the time we used records for our music, what a nightmare! I currently live in NC and I am a practice administrator for a physician. I have not seen the Highsteppers perform since 1981. Although I am so proud of you all and all of your accomplishments! Keep up to good work!

  53. Kristin (Bass) Collins September 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, Class of 2001!!!
    Married my high school sweetheart Thomas Collins (c/o 99′) in 2003, graduated from OSU in 2005, and had a beautiful baby boy in March 2008. We live in Broken Arrow (Union district, keeping the tradtion alive).

  54. Donna Scott September 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I remember Kathy being picked for the original 20 girls that started the Union Highsteppers. I too, was one of those girls. I got to participate only for a year, then had to go overseas with my family. Being one of the first Native Anericans on the squad was a great honor. Fast forward to the present. I’ve had a career in nursing for the last 20 years and getting ready to be a grandmother for the first time. Go Highsteppers!

  55. Deborah (Pense) Baucom September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper, class of 2001!

    Lifer, long time officer, Capulet co-founder (yeah Spring!) and former coach, too. I greatly enjoyed all of my associations with the Highsteppers. I majored in Dance Mgmt at OCU and then got my MBA. Now, I raise $$ for Tulsa Ballet! I also serve on the OSDTDA board. I’ve been married to my hubby, Bryan, for a year and a half, and we have a darling, little Italian Greyhound named Tino.

  56. Suzannah (Huffman) Huth September 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper from the class of ’86! Graduated from SMU in ’90. I’m now living in St. Louis with my husband, two sons, two stepdaughters and a stepson! My step-daughter is on her school’s Pom squad, which is fun for me 🙂

  57. Kara Lovell November 25, 2008 at 3:22 am Reply

    Lifer, class of ’06!! I’m a junior at OU majoring in zoology to become a marine biologist! I just started dancing again and it makes me so happy! I miss all my girls and I will always love the Highsteppers!

  58. Lisa Bryant December 10, 2008 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Former Highstepper Captain, Class of 2005!

    Cinderella in the Pretty Pretty Princess Family! keep up the family girls!!!

    I am now back in Tulsa at the OUHSC for a doctorate in physical therapy after going to OU in Norman for three years.

  59. Darci (Wells) Roberts March 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Former highstepper c/o 2001! Graduated from OSU in 2006 with a degree in management and married an old high school crush – Gerad Roberts (c/o ’01) in 2007. I am a store manager for Walgreens and we live in Jenks. Keep up the great work girls!!!

  60. Melissa Baddley Zumwalt March 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Highstepper Class of 1994! Director for 8 years – 3 for JV prior to that! LOVE this program and hope to see them continue and GROW for many years to come!

  61. Melissa Baddley Zumwalt March 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Oh!!! Forgot my most important info.

    I have 2 precious girls (Karson and Campbell) and an awesome husband, Rus!

  62. Nicole Ecton April 29, 2009 at 11:24 am Reply

    Former Highstepper and Lifer Class of 2003. I graduated from Oklahoma State in May 2007 and will graduate again from NSU in May 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education. I currently live in Tulsa.

  63. Amber Collier July 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Lifer, class of 2007! I now attend the University of Tulsa, where I am in the Business school and also attend dance classes. I miss being a Highstepper, and still think about how great everyone was and how wonderful of an experience I had as a team member! Hope everyone is doing well… I love you all!

  64. Tyler Brown September 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I am currently on the Union Dance team 😀 and i hope i ca stay on it an dace the try outs!!!!

  65. Caitlin Garcia October 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Class of ’98 Co-captian! I graduated from Northeastern State University with my Early Childhood Education Degree and am currently teaching at Berryhill Public Schools. I have so many wonderful memories from the years spent as a Highstepper!

  66. Kari Edelman Ernest November 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Highstepper from ’87 to ’89 and member of the 1989 National Championship winning team. Currently sponsor of the 7th grade Highsteppers. The best thing was when my daughter decided to join the Union dance program in 5th grade because, she said, “I want to be a Highstepper, just like you were.”

  67. Jenni Smith December 15, 2009 at 1:08 am Reply

    Highstepper class of 2007, Lifer, and a member of the Pink Ladies 🙂

    I attended OU in Norman for two years, but this semester I’m back in Tulsa to cut a few costs. I’m (now) majoring in Nursing, and plan to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

    Now that I’m home I have more time for the fun stuff! I dance for the Tulsa 66ers basketball team and teach hip hop classes at The Pom Zone in Broken Arrow, both of which I absolutely love doing. Of course it’s not as great as it was being a Highstepper, but it’s a close second!

    “Wherever you go, wherever you may wander in your life.. surely you know I’m always gonna be there.” -Highstepper song (I miss it!)

  68. Sarah (Glocker) Dyer July 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm Reply

    Class of ’84 co-captain. Still in the dance business: BFA in dance, certified in movement analysis, and current dance director at Holland Hall. Would love to help with the reunion this year!

  69. Sarah (Glocker) Dyer July 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Bad email address typing! Please use this one.

  70. Dawn Foster Childress January 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply

    I was a Union Highstepper and officer from the class of ’92. I learned a lot of great lessons as a Highstepper that I have carried with me throughout my life! I have been married 22 years, have raised 3 amazing children, and am a school administrator now.

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