By SYDNEY MOORE
Amarillo College’s oldest student organization is the Blue Blazers, which have been around since AC’s establishment, said Amber Brookshire, the group’s co-sponsor.
AC was established in 1929 along with the Blue Blazers, who are student ambassadors for AC. They perform many services throughout the year, including giving tours to prospective students.
“The students in the Blue Blazers must have a minimum of 30 service hours a semester,” Brookshire said. Most of the hours are obtained through the tours, she said.
To be considered as a Blue Blazer, a student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, take at least nine semester credit hours, be here for at least one semester and fill out an application. Then the students are interviewed. Twelve students are selected each session, starting in March and early April.
“I think it’s really neat to have students representing other students,” said Leitqua Dickson, a physical therapist assistant major.
Most student organizations advertise their clubs and have fundraisers, but the Blue Blazers don’t.
“They should get out there more. It would really help them.” Dickson said.
Not only does the organization represent AC, it also represents the community.
“I cannot speak highly enough about these students,” Brookshire said.
“Since the students are nominated, they’re going to be good students,” said Laura Cabrales, a nursing major. “It’s really neat to have them.”
Cabrales said she has a couple of friends who are Blue Blazers.
Besides having tours to give, the Blazers also are seen in the Student Service Center.
“They all have office hours,” Brookshire said.
During their office hours, Blue Blazers wear polo shirts, but they get their name from the blue blazers they wear during events they help put together. The most recent event was for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at the Amarillo Civic Center Oct. 16. Blue Blazers helped usher guests to their seats.