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Winter guard finishes third in state
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The Warren County High School winter guard recently placed third at the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit State Championship held at Belmont University in Nashville.
“This is the first time the WCHS winter guard has ever received medals at SCGC Championships. We competed against groups from all over the Southeast, and they were 0.01 points away from being the Tennessee State Champions,” said winter guard director Lindsey Eldridge. “They began the season with first place in Bowling Green, Ky. At their second competition, the level of performance from this group was superior, and the group was moved up a level in the competition. They received second place in Spring Hill, as well as second place in Hendersonville. Then they attended championships on March 22 and placed third. These kids have worked so hard and they deserve some recognition for their efforts.”
Eldridge said winter guard is considered a “sport of the arts.”
“It is a performing arts competition team, much like a dance team,” said Eldridge. “Dance is incorporated with equipment like flags, rifles, and sabres. Endurance and dedication are a must for members of this group. It's not easy to control a sabre while dancing underneath it. Many of these students come to clinic with no background in dance or spinning winter guard equipment. They work hard to learn how to do this, and do it in sync with everyone, in just a short amount of time.”
Eldridge said group members dedicated much of their time to practice for the show. In addition to a two-day camp in December, they practiced at least three times per week as a group and spent countless hours practicing on their own.
The guard’s 2014 show was performed to an a capella version of the song “Gravity.” The show was dedicated in memory of their captain, Shanna Seiderer, who lost her life just weeks before their 2014 season began. The guard placed Shanna’s rifle and sabre in the front-right corner of every show in her memory.
The guard consists of five seniors, Jessica Burchfield, Shelby Cagle, Jordan Chadwell, Samantha Pritchett, and Elizabeth Weller; one junior, Katelyn Starkey; and two freshmen, Kaylee McClure and Cassidy Prater.