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50 years of Las Gatitas

Celina High School drill team keeps traditions alive

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In 1971, a group of Celina cheerleaders had an idea.

They’d been thinking about how to boost spirit for the Bobcat team.

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A photo from the Celina High School 1971-72 yearbook shows the six cheerleaders who helped start Las Gatitas. 

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Las Gatitas scored in third place overall at a national competition that pitted them against teams of all sizes. In addition, the team was named champion for the small team division and won second place overall for solo performance.

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Las Gatitas perform at the Danceline USA National Drill Team and Dance Championship. 

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The Celina High School 1971-1972 yearbook shows the Celina Drill Team (later named Las Gatitas) members and first officers. 

Audrey Henvey is the reporter for the Frisco Enterprise, McKinney Courier-Gazette and Celina Record. Email her with story suggestions at

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