ucps logo

Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools

Search by Keyword

Winter Guard team is World Champion

From left to right: Top row standing on porch- Omari Simmons, Lia Kitteringham, Anne Pickhardt. Front row standing on ground and seated- Gracie Wagner, Yuna Asano, Mackenzie Jackson, Emma Adcock (Guard Captain), Michaela Johnson, Ava Cortelli, and Nicole Patton.

Marvin Ridge High School is celebrating the Scholastic A first place gold medal standing of its Marvin Ridge varsity winter guard team. Three students on this winning high school team are actually 8th grade students at MRMS; Makenzie Jackson, Yuna Asano and Ava Cortelli. Marvin Ridge is the first North Carolina Scholastic A team to ever win first place at the annual Winter Guard International (WGI) world competition.

Marvin Ridge placed third out of 123 teams in Scholastic A preliminaries, which allowed them to advance to semifinals with 31 other teams. The Marvin Ridge Team then moved into second place in Scholastic A semifinals and advanced to the Scholastic A finals round with 14 other teams. A great final run of their show entitled “There’s No Place Like Home’ propelled them into first place where they became Scholastic A World Champions and gold medalists. This young team has competed at world competitions in the past but this is the first year they have made it into finals.

The team had a very good season and they also won first place and were decorated with gold medals for winning the circuit Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) Championships that were held in Rock Hill, SC at the end of March.

Marvin Ridge Winter Guard Director, Brian Winn, had this to say about the team and the season. "This guard has come a long way this season.  The kids are incredibly hard workers who set high goals for themselves in the beginning.  From that point on, I pushed them to achieve those goals and they never failed to rise to the occasion.  I'm very proud of the success this guard has seen and I am excited to see where the program goes in the future.  Ever since I joined the staff at Marvin Ridge in 2014, I have seen growth and I know that it will continue with the great support from the school, parents, and community.  I am so proud to call myself the director of the 2015 Winter Guard International Scholastic A World Champions and be able to work with these amazing kids!"  

Winter Guard is considered the sport of the arts because it brings music to life through dance, flags, rifles and sabers. Each competing team has a choreographed show with colorful mats and often times props. Technical precision with the use of the equipment as well as the overall visual effect, general effect, design, movement and dance are all aspects that are judged. The color guard performs during the fall season as part of the marching band and at the end of marching season moves into the winter guard season with a stand-alone show.

This dedicated Marvin Ridge team is under the direction of Brian Winn with assistance from Emma Boyce, Madison Adcock and Allison Mayer. Brian has been coaching world class and independent teams for 11 years. He currently teaches dance at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte and is a graduate of Winthrop University in dance education.  Brian started performing in high school color guard and then marched 3 years of Drum Corps with Capital Regiment and Phantom Regiment. He spent another 4 years performing Independent Winter Guard with Etude and Phantom Regiment World. Mr. Winn leads the Color Guard that accompanies Marvin Ridge High School Marching Mavericks in the fall season as well as the varsity and junior varsity winter guard teams.

Written by: Written by Beth Kitteringham
Posted: May 05, 2015 by Brita Mann

Back to list of stories for Union County Public Schools