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Updated September 16, 2013:

 

 

With the start of football season, the NEO dance team broke their year long hiatus to support their school. The Norse Stars have been NEO's dance team on campus since 1951. But last season was a black out for the stars, taking a year off to drum up more interest and revitalize the team. Chloe Patterson is now the team's captain, but says she remembers how hard it was to make the decision last Fall. 

"It was really disappointing, because we were so looking forward to it, and we had already started practices and stuff," Patterson said.

 

Last year Patterson says there were only six girls on the team, but this year there are 16. And as Saturday night's season opener shows, Patterson says the stars are back and ready to spread the go, go N-E-O spirit. 

"The crowd absolutely loved it, it was a great way to bring back the Norse Stars," Patterson said.

Michele Martin is the new coach for the team, and says she plans on bringing back the high kicks and drill team spirit the Norse Stars have been known over the past 60 plus years.
 
"The hat, the boot, it really looked like it was that long leg kick up in the air, and I think that was the reaction we got on Saturday when we came back to that, it just never dies. That look is forever," Martin said.
 
A tradition many new comers to the team this year love to be a part of.
 
"It's an honor to look back and see all the different ladies that have been a part of this, and that I'll be a  part of this history too," said Baylie Bowzer, who is new to the team this year. 

So whether it's pom poms by the sidelines, practicing in the gym, or out on the field, this NEO tradition is excited to show the school they are not only back, but ready bring back the team's former glory. 

All of the girls on the team receive a full scholarship to attend NEO; including tuition, books and housing. Martin says she hopes to expand the team next year.   

For a link to NEO's Norse Stars Website, click here. 

 

Posted September 10, 2013:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M COLLEGE

NEO Norse Stars return

Miami, Oklahoma – Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 – The athletic department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced the Norse Stars will be performing at the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

The Norse Stars are a kick line – drill team on campus.

"The presence of the Norse Stars has always been a vital part of our athletic events, and we are very excited to have them back," said Dale Patterson, athletic director for NEO. "We have a new coach, and 16 girls who have been working very hard. We are looking forward to introducing them on Saturday against Blinn."

The Norse Star program was temporarily suspended in 2012 in order to reorganize the program. The Norse Stars have been a tradition at NEO since 1951, when former President Bruce Carter saw a similar program in Texas.

Michele Martin is the new coach for both NEO's Norse Stars and cheerleaders.

"I am thrilled to be a part of NEO and to have the opportunity to work with both the Norse Stars and cheerleaders," Martin said. "I encourage everyone to come out and support this program as they make their returning debut on Saturday."

The Norse Stars will perform at halftime of the NEO vs. Blinn football game on Saturday, Sept. 14th. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m. This will be the first home game for the Golden Norsemen and the first performance for the Norse Stars.

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PICTURED - Front row, left to right: Desneka Shaffer, Cheyanne Winfrey, Whitney Ogden, Baylie Bowzer, Hanna Minson, Conna Plain, Kayla Guinn, Lexie Wade; and, Back row, left to right: Jeron Simmons Marina Foster, Kylie Cole, MacKenzie Ast, Kelsey Williams, Chloe Patterson (captain), Kayla McQuigg, Jayce Taylor.

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