Amanda Coy Will Be "Girl in Black" at Purdue

 03/19/2018 - 01:03

Saline High School senior Amanda Coy will debut as the "Girl-in-Black" as a freshman with the 2018-19 Purdue "All-American" Marching Band.

Coy, crowned Miss Saline last August, will study political and health sciences at Purdue. She's been twirling since 2003 and has competed with the Saline Twirlettes for 13 years.

The Girl-in-Black soloist feature twirler with the “All-American” Marching Band is a compliment to the Golden Girl with her superior talent. During the 1961 season, there were  guest “Golden Girls,” but no permanent soloist accompanying the Golden Girl. Originally performing as the “International Twirler” in 1962, an announcer exclaimed, “Who is that girl in black?” and the position earned its title. Kaitlyn Schleis of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been named the 30thPurdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954.

 They will be making their debut at the Purdue v. Northwestern game on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Coy is a drum majorette with the Saline High School Marching Band.

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