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Shockley signs on with Ole Miss in fall
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Pictured at Kataen Shockley’s scholarship signing Tuesday are, front row, from left, grandmother Betty Risinger, mother and Pioneerette head coach Penny Shockley, Kataen Shockley, and brother Jakob Shockley. Back row, Pioneerette assistant coach Sherry Burnett, aunt Tracy Risinger, and WCHS executive principal Clark George. Shockley will become a Rebelette at the University of Mississippi. - photo by Taylor Moore

Kataen Shockley will turn in her Pioneerette uniform to join the resistance with the Ole Miss Rebelette dance team. 

Tuesday morning, Shockley signed and committed to the University of Mississippi in the presence of the Pioneerette team, friends from Paula’s Dance Academy, and the high school staff of supporters along with cupcakes available for those in attendance.

“I’m a very proud grandmother,” said Betty Risinger, “I’m sad but happy.” 

CTE director in Warren County Tracy Risinger is Katen’s aunt and said she is very proud of her for making it this far.

Shockley’s mother and Pioneerette head coach Penny said, “I’m excited and petrified at the same time.” Ole Miss is about five hours from Warren County and Penny said that long distance is terrifying. “Kataen always had two goals in dancing, to be a summer camp instructor and to dance in college.”

Kataen will achieve both goals as she will be teaching this summer with the National Dance Alliance. Kataen said, “I’m very excited to be living my dreams teaching at camp and dancing at a collegiate level.” 

Kataen said the decision to attend Ole Miss was easy once she visited the campus. “It just felt like a second home,” she said, “Coming from a small town, the campus felt more comforting.”

Kataen said that she applied to a bunch of schools, but Ole Miss communicated a lot with her which helped make her decision. “I can’t wait to dance on the sidelines,” she said. “It is a feeling like no other.”

Though she is a bit nervous that she will be five hours away from home, she cannot wait to get started. Kataen will begin her Ole Miss journey as a Rebelette this fall majoring in elementary education to become a second-grade teacher.