As for the educational backgrounds of DCC hopefuls in Round 1, I jotted down the following schools (again, I only write what the contestants tell us, so if I’m missing a school, either the contestant didn’t mention her school or I didn’t have time to write it down…sorry if I missed anyone’s school): University of Alabama, Appalachian State, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal State-Fullerton, Central Oklahoma, Colorado, Dallas Baptist University, Georgia, University of Houston, Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), Lamar University (Beaumont, TX), LSU, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Michigan State, Mississippi (Ole Miss), Missouri (Mizzou), Montana, UNLV, North Carolina, University of North Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA), St Louis University, SMU, TCU, UT-Arlington, UT-Dallas, UT-Pan American, UT-Rio Grande Valley, Texas State, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State, and Virginia Tech.
When it came to universities, several members of the LSU pom/dance team as well as The University of North Texas’ squad did particularly well this year.
We had many contestants who were missing their college graduation ceremonies to take part in Round 1.
I specifically noted several hopefuls that said “I graduate tonight” from schools such as University of Arkansas, Baylor, and UT-Arlington.
This diverse group of women competed in hopes of advancing to Round 2 (Semifinals).
Only 104 hopefuls made it past Round 1 and were invited to compete in Round 2 (Semifinals) the following day. That’s when the returning DCC veterans show up to compete against this potential crop of rookies.