Kylene Spanbauer is in her first season as the Hawkeye Marching Band Golden Girl. A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Kylene started twirling when she was just 3 years old. Kylene began competing at the age of 8, with the nationally-ranked Touch of Silver Twirling Corps. Competing in Switzerland in 2012 and Italy in 2015 with Team USA, Kylene won four gold medals in team events.
Becoming an individual competitor at the age of 9, Kylene has won many National, Regional and State titles. She is the current Miss Majorette of Wisconsin, All-North Regional Solo and 2-Baton Champion and Wisconsin State Solo and Strut Champion. At the 2016 NBTA Nationals, Kylene placed 4th Runner Up to Miss Majorette of America.
As a contestant in the MAO Teen program for the first time in 2016, Kylene won the title of Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2016. At the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition held in Orlando, Kylene was the Preliminary Talent Winner and placed in the Top 8 out of the 51 contestants.
Kylene is a recent graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac. She plans to major in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Iowa, and aspires to become a Child Life Specialist.
Becoming the Golden Girl has been Kylene’s highest goal for many years since her first Hawkeye game day experience in Kinnick Stadium. She is excited to be taking the field with the Hawkeye Marching Band this coming fall.
Former Hawkeye Marching Band Golden Girls,
Feature Twirlers, and Baton Twirlers
2012-16 Whittney Seckar-Anderson
2007-11 Chelsea Russell
2002-06 Diana Reed
1997-01 Julie Canterbury
1992-96 Tanya Pennock
1989-91 Gayl Anderson
1987-88 Jayna Sanchez, Gayl Anderson (Iowa Girl)
1986 Jayna Sanchez, Nikki Meredith
1982-85 Laurie Broderick
1980-81 Linda Simon
1979 Marcy Goodwich-Volker, Mary Goodrich
1977-79 Jane Stemmerman
1973-76 Nancy Shaw
1970-72 Lani Jo Gill Flesch
1968-69 Mary Moffitt Foraker, Lani Jo Gill Flesch (the first “Golden Girl”)
1966-67 Mary Moffitt Foraker
1963-65 Bobbie Jean Foulkes
1960-61 Ann-Nita Ekstrom McDonald
1959 Ann-Nita Ekstrom McDonald, Margaret Rossi
1958 Ann-Nita Ekstrom McDonald, Lavonne Nolte
1955-57 Lavonne Nolte
1954 Laura Ellen Moody
(HMB alums: e-mail Kevin Kastens with the names of former HMB Golden Girls/Baton Twirlers so we can expand this list!)
From 1972 - Tom Leslie, Lani Jo Gill Flesch, and Steve Murphy