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Winter Guard says no to fear

This year the Winter Guard plans to take on new challenges.

“This year it is a very heavy topic, it’s called “No to Fear.” It’s about students talking to adults about the fear of gun control in America right now. It is saying that the students are afraid to talk about it and show the adults that they need to handle it,” Ms. Samantha Kilbourne, director, said.

The heavy topic is pushing the boundaries that the guard has never seen before.

“This year’s show actually has a message. We have had other shows that necessarily don’t have that. This show is more just simply working with gun control and all the shootings that have been going on with all the schools. The show is just to let people know you need to be aware of your surroundings,” Mrs. Pam Wishmeyer, director, said.

Last season, the winter guard had finished on a high note.

“Last season went pretty well. We finished off our season by getting second at State. We got ninth in Semi-State so it really surprised us that we were able to take second,” junior Madeline Cregar said.

Each season brings new challenges to the team.

“For each new season we do a lot of training.  For each new season we take about of month of each season to work and train on what we need them to do. We also do a lot of group bonding activities to grow team bonding,” Ms. Kilbourne said.

Each year, the team goes through extensive practice to be able to perform at a high level.

“Whenever we get incoming freshmen, we have to go back to the basics and learn and teach everything all over again. Going back to the basics is a nice refresher for the upperclassmen as well,” Cregar said.

GHS will host a competition at the high school, and there is a lot that goes into hosting an event the size of this.

“The high school guard actually has a competition on the day we host, so the cadet guard that is the middle schoolers will be performing at the competition held at GHS,” Kilbourne said.

Even though the high school guard will not be participating at the home meet, the school will still host the big competition.

“We have a process where we meet with our band parents, they help us out as far as getting logistics taken care of like securing judges, getting rooms for them to stay in. I am in charge of making sure that when the color guards come in that they have a place to change and also just feel welcome to Greenwood,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

Being a director has its tolls, but it also is a great way to connect with the students.

“The girls, as stressful as the job is, they make it better by their personalities. Watching them grow and be proud of their accomplishments is great to see,” Kilbourne said.

The guard is set on a strict schedule, but the team is also about growing

 “My favorite thing is just being able to work with the girls and guys. They just keep me young. I dearly love them; they are just like family to me. We go through our trials and tribulations just like any sport does. They are able to see what they are able to do when they first started and look back to see how much they have grown,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

This year the team looks for big success to come as they work to perfect the performance.

This year the Winter Guard plans to take on new challenges.

“This year it is a very heavy topic, it’s called “No to Fear.” It’s about students talking to adults about the fear of gun control in America right now. It is saying that the students are afraid to talk about it and show the adults that they need to handle it,” Ms. Samantha Kilbourne, director, said.

The heavy topic is pushing the boundaries that the guard has never seen before.

“This year’s show actually has a message. We have had other shows that necessarily don’t have that. This show is more just simply working with gun control and all the shootings that have been going on with all the schools. The show is just to let people know you need to be aware of your surroundings,” Mrs. Pam Wishmeyer, director, said.

Last season, the winter guard had finished on a high note.

“Last season went pretty well. We finished off our season by getting second at State. We got ninth in Semi-State so it really surprised us that we were able to take second,” junior Madeline Cregar said.

Each season brings new challenges to the team.

“For each new season we do a lot of training.  For each new season we take about of month of each season to work and train on what we need them to do. We also do a lot of group bonding activities to grow team bonding,” Ms. Kilbourne said.

Each year, the team goes through extensive practice to be able to perform at a high level.

“Whenever we get incoming freshmen, we have to go back to the basics and learn and teach everything all over again. Going back to the basics is a nice refresher for the upperclassmen as well,” Cregar said.

GHS will host a competition at the high school, and there is a lot that goes into hosting an event the size of this.

“The high school guard actually has a competition on the day we host, so the cadet guard that is the middle schoolers will be performing at the competition held at GHS,” Kilbourne said.

Even though the high school guard will not be participating at the home meet, the school will still host the big competition.

“We have a process where we meet with our band parents, they help us out as far as getting logistics taken care of like securing judges, getting rooms for them to stay in. I am in charge of making sure that when the color guards come in that they have a place to change and also just feel welcome to Greenwood,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

Being a director has its tolls, but it also is a great way to connect with the students.

“The girls, as stressful as the job is, they make it better by their personalities. Watching them grow and be proud of their accomplishments is great to see,” Kilbourne said.

The guard is set on a strict schedule, but the team is also about growing

 “My favorite thing is just being able to work with the girls and guys. They just keep me young. I dearly love them; they are just like family to me. We go through our trials and tribulations just like any sport does. They are able to see what they are able to do when they first started and look back to see how much they have grown,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

This year the team looks for big success to come as they work to perfect the performance.

“Last winter guard season was a step up from what we the season before that. I think this years is much stronger than what we did last year. I think we are in a good situation where we might be able to medal and being one of the top three guards in the state,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

“Last winter guard season was a step up from what we the season before that. I think this years is much stronger than what we did last year. I think we are in a good situation where we might be able to medal and being one of the top three guards in the state,” Mrs. Wishmeyer said.

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