Baylor Plays Role As Oprah Makes Dream Come True

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    (L to R) - Representing Baylor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" were yell leaders Darrin Peters, Heather Cunningham, Jenna Ford, Mandy Stalcup, Bailey McKissack, Kelcey Ivens, Erin Richardson, Betsy Dethrow (Bruiser) and Chris Clifton. Baylor spirit coordinator E.J. Williams accompanied the group to Chicago.
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    Baylor yell leaders were part of the surprise for incoming freshmen Bethany and Britney Wekesser, who were guests on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
May 10, 2005

by Lori Fogleman

Baylor University played a role in helping "The Oprah Winfrey Show" make a "Wildest Dream Come True" for twin sisters Bethany and Britney Wekesser of Lincoln, Neb., who will be attending their "dream" school - Baylor - beginning in the fall. The season-ending episode was broadcast nationwide on May 10.

Oprah flew a contingent of Baylor yell leaders and Bruiser the Bear mascot to Chicago last week to participate in the program, along with Clay Aiken of "American Idol" and Ty Pennington of "Extreme Home Makeover." Bethany and Britney's family members, including older sister, Jinohn, a 2003 Baylor graduate, also appeared on the show. For details about the sisters' amazing story and how they are coming to Baylor, view the slide show on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" website.

Representing Baylor were Darrin Peters, Heather Cunningham, Jenna Ford, Mandy Stalcup, Bailey McKissack, Kelcey Ivens, Erin Richardson, Betsy Dethrow (Bruiser) and Chris Clifton. Baylor spirit coordinator E.J. Williams accompanied the group to Chicago.

Alltel has provided the twins with full four-year scholarships to Baylor, including tuition, fees, books and room and board. Alltel also gave the Wekesser family free wireless phones and free service while the girls attend Baylor.

Also, tune in to Wheel of Fortune May 15-20 for Big 12 College Week. Ashley Dubose, a junior French major from Magnolia, is scheduled to appear on the May 19 episode along with students from Iowa State and Oklahoma. Check local listings for stations and times.

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