Captain shares Rangerette traditions with mother

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Rangerette Captain Jenna Helduser holds the “Kilgore College Rangerette 50 Years of Excellence 1940-1990” featuring the year her mother was Left End Lieutenant Rangerette.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Rangerette Captain Jenna Helduser holds the “Kilgore College Rangerette 50 Years of Excellence 1940-1990” featuring the year her mother was Left End Lieutenant Rangerette.

 

There is something special when there is an experience one can share with someone else, especially between a mother and a daughter. Rangerette captain Jenna Helduser of College Station has been able to share the opportunity of being a world famous Rangerette and officer with her mother.

Janet Helduser was a Rangerette from 1974-1976, and served as Left End Lieutenant her sophomore year.

“My most favorite things that my mom would tell me about Rangerettes are all of her stories about the fun she had living in the dorm with her classmates,” Jenna said.

Growing up with these stories, and knowing about the Rangerettes, Jenna said becoming a Rangerette had been a dream of hers as long as she can remember.

“The organization has always played an important role in my life, but I knew it was what I really wanted to pursue when I was a sophomore in high school,” Jenna said.

Jenna has been dancing since she was 3 but really started to immerse herself in it and began competing when she was about 8.

Her favorite thing about being a Rangerette that she has been able to share with her mom is the football performances, specifically the officer strut.

“It is such a rare and unique feeling to hear the first ‘dada,’ do the kick off, and stride down the field,” Jenna said. “It is really special to know that I share the same overwhelming emotion with my mom, and that she knows exactly how I felt.”

Jenna also said that her mom has given her numerous pieces of advice when it comes to Rangerettes.

“She always encourages me to enjoy every second that I can, whether it can be a trial or a triumph,” Jenna said.

Not only does the Helduser family have close ties to Rangerettes, but they also are Aggie fans.

Janet is a senior program coordinator for the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M University.

She manages research projects and writes grants for the university.

Jenna’s dad, Jim Bob Helduser, was a football coach at Texas A&M University from 2003-2007.

“That’s how we ended up in College Station,” Jenna said.

Jim Bob passed away during Jenna’s sophomore year of high school, when she was 16.

Jenna goes back to drill team and explains that it is another reason it is so special to her; drill team is what helped get her through that time.

“My high school drill team was my rock,” Jenna said. “That is something that is so incredibly special about drill team. The support you find in your fellow classmates is unmatchable in any other organization.”

Jenna said that her parents instilled in her a strong faith, which is a major part of who she is today. She tries to make her faith the backbone of everything she does.

“They also instilled in me to work hard toward my goals, which has proven true so many times in Rangerette,” Jenna said. She said her parents they taught her to love others and to make relationships count, which she says is also important in Rangerettes.

With her sophomore year coming to a close, Jenna will be returning to College Station in the fall to attend A&M as a kinesiology major with a minor in dance. She said once she graduates, she plan to get her master’s degree.

Jenna said that being a Rangerette has provided many valuable lessons.

“First to strive every day to be better than you were the day before in all aspects of your life,” Jenna said. “Secondly, one of the keys to success is to surround yourself with people who are supportive and positive.”