LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - About three years after one Lufkin High School graduate was selected out of a group of nearly 100 candidates to be on the University of Texas' Pom Squad, she beat the odds again.
Jennifer DuBose, 21, was recently named president and captain of the University of Texas Pom Squad.
"I am so incredibly honored to serve as Captain of the 2016-2017 University of Texas Pom Squad," DuBose said in an article on texas.sports.com. "I am humbled by this opportunity to lead a group of such talented and incredible girls. As captain, I will be dedicated to selflessly serving this team as well as continuing to build the integrity of the program."
DuBose said in the article that she will work to "develop confident, well rounded and strong young women who are leaders wherever they are."
It wasn't easy for DuBose to get on the team, which is one of toughest collegiate squads in the state.
"It was super difficult to make, but as I went into tryouts, I knew that I did everything that I could possibly do and after tons of prayers and support from everyone in Lufkin and my family," Dubose said when she talked to the East Texas News in May of 2013. "When I looked on the Internet and saw I had made it, it was just indescribable and it still is."
Dubose said she trained for about a year for the April, 2013 tryout, and despite having 15 years of dance experience, it was still intimidating.
"It was very intense and very intimidating because you actually tryout with the former Pom Squad girls, and so, I mean I'm 18 years old and a senior in high school, and some of these girls are seniors in college," Dubose said.
Eighty-eight girls tried out for the team, and only eight, including Dubose, made it.
DuBose's parents are Mark and Connie DuBose.