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Girls go to USC

Lauren Arabis

Brooke Hudson

Two Colleton County teens and lifelong friends have successfully tried out for the University of South Carolina Color Guard team.
Brooke Hudson, 18, of Ruffin, and Lauren Arabis, 17, of Walterboro, have been friends since they were 3-years-old. Throughout their lives, they both took dance together and later successfully joined the Colleton County Cadets, a Color Guard team that is part of the Band of Blue at Colleton County High School. From there, they both say their bid to go to USC together was a natural progression.
“It’s just so exciting for me, and knowing that we both made the team when we have done this together our whole lives,” said Hudson.
Earlier this summer, the girls each toured the USC campus in Columbia and chose the university as their college. Then, they both decided to audition for the school’s Color Guard. More than 40 girls from across the nation were in that audition. Hudson and Arabis are among the 25 girls who were selected to be on the team. For Hudson, her desire to try-out for the team came after she learned about the school’s “amazing” band, she said. “The USC Band is known as the ‘sound of the southeast,’” she said. “It’s inspiring and I want to be a part of that.”
Prior to their audition, Hudson says she didn’t practice that much. “Being in the Band of Blue was a natural preparation for it,” she said.
While at USC, Hudson will study a degree in International Business. “It’s a field that USC is known for,” she said. “With this degree, you learn about marketing and the economy, the entire spectrum.”
Arabis will study psychology. For her, being on the university’s Color Guard team is more about her ability to express herself in what she calls an “art form.” “Every since I first started this, it’s been my whole life,” she said, of being a performer on the Color Guard. “I love performing. It’s an easy way for me to show my expressions. It is a true art form to me.”
Arabis has been with the Colleton County’s Color Guard team since she was in the seventh grade. Hudson joined the team in the eighth grade. “Being a part of the local Band of Blue team has taught me determination and shown me how to push through,” said Arabis, who suffers from exercise-induced asthma. “This is who I am. I’m a performer.”
Both girls start the USC Color Guard training camp on August 14th. They will then go a clinic in North Carolina before taking the field for their first home game on Sept. 16th.

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