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    Re: Colorguard WGI and competions

    Post  phuynh on Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:01 pm

    Running out in their “Heroes and Villains” inspired costumes A-Guard members tossed their flags, rifles, and sabres along to “Four Minutes to Save the World.” Following them was World Guard, whose theme is “Artists and Artisans.” Their routine is modeled after the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a remixed version of “White’s SS.” Colorguard had to endure countless eight-hour practices, heated pep talks from adviser Mr. George Armenta, blood, sweat, and tears to start off the season and with a BANG!

    A typical World Guard member’s practice schedule would be: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and weekends 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Colorguard members even used some of their Thanksgiving weekend and Winter Break to prepare for the upcoming events. However, no practices were held in front of a live audience, so on Feb. 3, the AHS World Guard Preview Show was held. According to senior assistant leader Christine Lee, the preview show was for World Guard “to get the feel of performing in front of a real audience.”

    A-Guard was preparing for an upcoming high school invitational, and World Guard was busy perfecting their routine for invitationals and a regional. The first event for World Guard was the Roosevelt High Invitational held in Corona on Feb. 6. With two more weeks to practice until the second competition, A and World Guard competed at the Marina High School Invitational at Huntington Beach.

    The ultimate competition will be the Winter Guard International (WGI), held at Rancho Bernardo High School on Feb. 27 and 28. WGI Regional showcases more schools participating in front of well-known judges. Christine felt that all these factors made “the competition that much more enthralling.” With consent from Mr. Armenta, World Guard will be given the opportunity to compete at the World Championship held at Dayton, OH in early April. All returning members can definitely agree that the World Championship is the most memorable competition. Senior captain, Katherine Chin remembered meeting guards from all across the country, even the world, and how they all shared the same feeling of awe once they “walk[ed] down the steep tunnel into the stadium full of hundreds and hundreds of audience members.”

    Given that these first couple of events have marked the beginning of World Guard’s competition season, Katherine wishes that they constantly bring enthusiasm and excitement to every show, just like at the invitationals. Thanks to one another they executed their best performance at the previous shows. First, Katherine has to prepare the members to “persevere and be resilient through all challenges” to fully enjoy the experience of being in World Guard. Christine agreed with Katherine as well, hoping that they can all walk away from the season “feeling good about it despite [their] placements or awards.”

    After the last couple of nail-biting weeks, Colorguard has managed to walk away with outstanding results. At the Roosevelt High School Invitational, World Guard was the only one competing so they won by default. A Guard placed first in Intermediate A Red Division at the Marina High School Invitational; while World Guard placed first in Scholastic World. These are only a few opportunities Colorguard has the chance to express themselves through their performance and make AHS proud.

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