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2017-04-19 / People

Winterguard winners

by Ginger Perkins


Back row, from left: Makynzie Burgett, Paige Fulmer, Gracie Koch, Olivia Byrum, Jacob McCullough, director Skylar McHan, Nick McBrayer, Samantha Studdard, Alicia Cardell, Breiann Floyd, and Joanna Piceno. Front row, from left: Molly Garnett, Brianna Rigsby, Gillian Hansard, MaKenzie Harper, and Rhianna Parmley. Not pictured are student teachers Lupita Garcia and MaKenzie Criswell, winterguard managers Wyatt Koch, Tommy McBrayer, Colby Millican, Christian Patterson, Kyle Nabors, and Aimee Martin. Back row, from left: Makynzie Burgett, Paige Fulmer, Gracie Koch, Olivia Byrum, Jacob McCullough, director Skylar McHan, Nick McBrayer, Samantha Studdard, Alicia Cardell, Breiann Floyd, and Joanna Piceno. Front row, from left: Molly Garnett, Brianna Rigsby, Gillian Hansard, MaKenzie Harper, and Rhianna Parmley. Not pictured are student teachers Lupita Garcia and MaKenzie Criswell, winterguard managers Wyatt Koch, Tommy McBrayer, Colby Millican, Christian Patterson, Kyle Nabors, and Aimee Martin. Susan Moore High School debuted their winterguard program this year, the only such program in the county, proving that you don’t always start at the bottom when beginning a new endeavor. What is winterguard? In a nutshell: similar in some ways to a traditional color guard team, the winterguard teams incorporate precision flag routines, fluid dance moves, flowing gowns, solo and couple dance performances, all performed on a mat to recorded music indoors, usually in a gym.

The SMHS winterguard competed at the first competition of the season in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC) on Feb. 4 at Hoover High School, placing fourth out of five groups in the novice division. The second competition - March 4 at Bob Jones High School in Huntsville - saw the group up its score by five points, and they placed first in the novice division. Next, the guard went to Spring Hill High School in Columbia, Tenn., to compete in the final competition before nationals, placing second out of seven groups.

The guard then traveled to Western Kentucky University April 1 to compete in the SCGC finals against groups from Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Susan Moore High School was named the Alabama 2017 SCGC Novice State Champions, and was awarded silver medals overall in the SCGC Novice Division.

“This group went above and beyond the expectations we had when beginning this program, and we are so proud of what they have achieved,” said SMHS band and guard director Skylar McHan. “The bar now has been set very high for next year. Amy (Hagler, also a program director) and I want to express our gratitude to county and school administration and to the parents for their support of this program.”

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