Texas Talent

The Emerald Belles, under the direction of El Campo High graduate Melissa Reed Page (second from right), will be one of the featured contestants on America’s Got Talent next week. The 78-member drill team is from Southlake’s Carroll Senior High School. Pictured front row from left is Mackenzie Lusk, Kathryn Larkin, Molly McKinnon, Page and Abbey Flaherty. Back row from left is Josette Chang, Mackenzie Matwick, Kelli Nusspickel , Emily Kennedy, Rachel Lilly and Kinsy Smith. Be sure to tune in to see their performance and how they rate as the show airs on NBC Channel 2 at 7 p.m., CST.

Southlake’s Carroll Senior High drill team, the Emerald Belles, will be featured on America’s Got Talent Tuesday evening, 7 p.m., CST, on NBC Channel 2.

The 78-member squad, who is led by director Melissa Reed Page, an El Campo native, was asked to perform on the show by one of the show’s producers who saw one of their performances on You Tube.

The group flew to Los Angeles, Calif. for filming in March.

Over the past 22 years, under the direction of Page, the team has won many State, National and International titles as well as has been one of the featured performers aboard Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.

In 2017, the Belles were featured on CMT’s Making of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as the “WOW” top performance from college and high school teams. In 2018, their program was featured on the opening segment of NBC Sunday Night Football as a long Texas tradition.

What makes this team unique is that they perform the first half of the school year as a traditional high kick drill team during Friday night football games and the second half of the year they transition into an award-winning competitive dance team.

The girls must be committed to training every morning at 6:45 a.m. before school begins, sometimes after school, weekends and holidays all while maintaining a high academic standard. Page believes in creating a positive environment. The power of positivity message Page has fostered over this past 20 years has proven to be successful. She has acquired an alumni network of more than 10,000 women.

Page, a 1988 graduate of El Campo High School, was a varsity cheerleader during her high school years. She is the daughter of Lynn Reed and Jack Reed of El Campo.

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