Jessica Bartlett will have mixed emotions when she marches onto the turf as part of the halftime show at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Monday.

As captain of Auburn's majorette line, she's come to enjoy performing in front of thousands of people. That joy will be mixed with a little sadness since the halftime show at the game between the Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers will be her final one as a member of the majorette line.

"It's sad because I know my time is up," Bartlett said. "But I'm excited about getting a chance to perform at the game."

Although the game isn't the headliner of last year's Sugar Bowl — with Auburn entering the game with national championship hopes with an undefeated record — Bartlett probably could not have picked a more fun bowl trip to wrap up her career.

She'll arrive in Orlando today and will be performing in the bowl parade and at pep rallies.

"This year, the game's been moved back to Monday because all of the NFL games are on Sunday," Bartlett said. "They didn't move the other activities back. We've got the parade and the pep rallies on Friday and Saturday. That gives us more time to spend at Disney World."

For Bartlett, it will be a well earned trip. She took on additional duties this year as the captain of Auburn's "Tiger Eyes" majorette line.

She's been in charge of making up routines among other duties involved with organizing the majorette line, including recruiting.

It is additional work the graduate student from West Point did not mind taking on in her third year on the line. She said the work she's had to put in as a majorette has actually made her become more organized in her studies.

"The more free time I have, the more I procrastinate," Bartlett said.

She went through an intensive tryout process to earn the title of captain, which included writing an essay, coming up with a recruiting plan and teaching a routine to the majorette line to be performed in front of a panel of judges.

"It was really exciting," Bartlett said. "The girls I went up against are very good friends of mine. I was just blessed to be a part of it."

The game wraps an exciting journey for the former twirler and star tennis player, who began her career as a majorette at Auburn after wrapping up a two-year collegiate tennis career at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City.

Bartlett's decision to play tennis at Central Alabama played a key role in her landing a spot on Auburn's majorette line. It was only a 45-minute drive from Central Alabama to Auburn.

Coming from a family of "Bama fans," she attended Auburn games with friends and fell in love with the atmosphere.

She said her years of training with Shirley Beshears and performing with Southern Starlets helped her prepare for Auburn majorette tryouts.

Still, she admitted to being nervous performing in her first game as an Auburn majorette in front of 85,000 fans — a far cry from the Friday night crowds she used to perform in front of when she twirled for West Point.

"It was a little overwhelming," Bartlett said. "I was definitely nervous, but it was fun. I always loved performing. It was a blast."

Twirling for Auburn has allowed her to go places she said she probably would not have been able to experience. She's been to the famous stadiums around the SEC including Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

She'll be performing in her third bowl game (having also performed in the Music City Bowl in Nashville and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans last year). Bartlett ranks performing in the Sugar Bowl, the SEC Championship Game and games against rivals Alabama and Auburn among her fondest memories as an Auburn twirler.

It wasn't a performance in a football game that may be her biggest memory. It may have been the opportunity to perform in George W. Bush's second inaugural parade last January that she'll remember most.

"That was really exciting," she said.

She'll also remember the friends she made on the line and working with Auburn marching band director Rick Good and his wife Jennifer, the director of the majorette line.

"They've been very flexible," Bartlett said. "They let us do so many things as twirlers. They are really wonderful people."

Bartlett is working on her master's degree in school counseling. She has already earned her degree in elementary education and plans on going into teaching.

"I hope to get a teaching job close to Auburn next year so I can finish work on my master's," Bartlett said.

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