TJC Apache Belles have their own specialty license plate

Dec 14, 2012 by

The Apache Belles are taking their act on the road, literally.

Although they might not be dancing, the familiar image of a spirited Tyler Junior College precision dancer will be emblazoned on specialty Texas license plates for all to see.

belles, the state’s only vendor for specialty plates, released the Apache Belles design in Octrober.

The license plate, which starts at $55 for a one-year term, features a vintage Apache Belle image on the left side.

“The Belle is dressed in a uniform worn by the precision dance team from the mid-1950s to 1985,” Apache Belles Director Jasilyn Schaefer said.

It is the same yellow, white and black uniform unveiled by the Belles this season for homecoming and the organization’s 65th anniversary year.

The plate is distinctively TJC, with the top adorned with Texas in TJC gold. At the bottom, Tyler Junior College is printed in black letters with Apache Belles in gold letters underneath.

“We wanted something that, no matter where people lived within the state of Texas, they could advertise and show their pride not only for Tyler Junior College but the Apache Belles,” Schaefer said.

The license plate puts Tyler on the map when it comes to specialty plates. public relations manager Kim Miller Drummond said this is the company’s only license plate with a Tyler connection.

It also is one of only two My Plates options that are for college dance teams. The other is the Kilgore College Rangerettes.

All of the other My Plates college plates represent schools at large, Ms. Drummond said.

The Apache Belles will receive 10 percent of the license plate sales, and Schaefer said the funds go toward the Belle Heritage Endowment to help with Apache Belle scholarships.

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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at