Winterguard Steals Second Place at Championships


Megan Sheehan, Writer

Last weekend, the winterguard competed and won second place in the SCGC championships. The winterguard performs a yearly show where they spin flags, rifles, and sabres. According to another Patriot Pages article, the guard performed a new show called “The Plan”, which is about an exciting band heist. In the show, the performers tell the audience about how they will carry out their plan.

The winterguard practices only two days a weeks, so the members are expected to set their own goals and practice on their own. Sophomore member April Turner stated, “Practice is really demanding. Our coach, Brooke, pushes us all to be the best we can be. Occasionally she will bring in someone to help us, correct us, or help write our show.”

Shelby Dennis, another winterguard member, confessed, “I think we got our high scores because we really cleaned our routine. We run the show a lot to perfect all of our mistakes.”

“I believe that at this competition we performed better in our expressions and equipment. We also only had two drops, which is exceptionally good for us,” stated Lindsey Booth, one of the winterguard captains. “The competitions are really fun and relaxing. When we arrive we warm up by doing a warmup dance and going through the show mentally. We also have about 10 minutes to practice. Then we perform.”

“I think what really got us our score this time was the determination of wanting to be on top, relaxing, and just having fun. Performing was a breeze because I just did what I have always done,” April Turner admitted.

The action doesn’t stop when spring comes. The winterguard members also perform with the colorguard in the summer and fall. They perform with the marching band during halftime shows at football games and in competition.

“I like the intensity and the complication of the work we get and the people that come to help us. It is overall just a more sophisticated setting then the fall season and you have more responsibility,” Turner added.

“I enjoy winterguard because the girls on the team feel like a family. We all enjoy each other’s company and get along well. Also, the winterguard is smaller, therefore, we are challenged more and pushed to be better than we think we can be,” said Booth. “The people surrounding us give us incredible support for what we do.”