The Golden Girls Drill Team is a dance team comprised of Juniors and Seniors, who represent Plano East Senior High. Our objectives include the following:
- Halftime entertainment at all Panther Varsity Football games.
- Halftime entertainment at as many Panther Varsity Basketball games possible.
- Perform in PESH Pep Rallies.
- Perform and/or participate at other functions involving Plano East Senior High per the direction of the Golden Girls Drill Team Director.
- Present the Annual Spring Show.
Mackenzie Oden grew up north of Houston and graduated from The Woodlands High School. She was a cheerleader earning All-American titles from the National Cheerleading Association and was voted captain of her team. At the same time, she competed in dance, with The Woodlands Dance Force where they received first place at Marching Auxiliaries and Showstopper Nationals Competitions. She was also a Junior Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader performing in nationally televised halftime productions with recording artists Randy Travis, Clint Black, Billy Gillman, Jessica Simpson, Creed, and Toby Keith.
After high school, Mackenzie earned an Associates of Arts Degree, from Kilgore College, where she was a member of the famous Rangerettes drill team. She earned a position as a member of their elite dance team, the Swingsters, and made the Dean's List. During her time as a Rangerette, she danced in the Cotton Bowl Classic two times and performed at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball, in Washington, D.C., during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Mackenzie transferred to Texas Christian University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Communications from the prestigious Schieffer School of Journalism and a Neeley School of Business Minor in 2012. While a student, she was a member of the TCU Showgirls and performed at the BCS Fiesta Bowl. Later, while on the TCU Elite Dance Team, she won two National Championship Awards and competed in finals at the Universal Dance Association Nationals in Daytona, Florida.
For the past four years, Mackenzie has been a part of the Spirit of America Staff at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has worked as a judge at The Power Dance Nationals, in Galveston. She is an active member of Defiance, a semi-professional dance company, providing artistic performances in the DFW community. Currently, Mackenzie teaches Communication Applications and Dance at Plano East. This is her third year teaching and being a Director for the Plano East Golden Girls. Her teams have won first place at regional and national competitions while also performing at a Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends basketball game.