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Marvin Ridge Varsity Winter Guard takes world championship

The Marvin Ridge Varsity Winter Guard was recognized at the June Board of Education meeting for being world champions. Pictured, from left, Band Director Keith James, Color Guard Director Brian Winn, (front row) Lia Kitteringham, Michaela Johnson, Kenzie Jackson, Gracie Wagner, and Yuna Asano; (back row) Nicole Patton, Anne Pickhardt, Ava Cortelli, Omari Simmons, Board of Education Chairman John Collins. (Below) Team members are pictured during a performance. (Bottom photo) The team is pictured during the WGI Worlds 2015. (Front row) Instructor Allison Mayer, Director Brian Winn, Yuna Asano, Anne Pickhardt, Lia Kitteringham, Colorguard Coordinator Shelia Adcock, Instructor Madison Adcock; (back row) Nicole Patton, Kenzie Jackson, Ava Cortelli, Gracie Wagner, Omari Simmons, Captain Emma Adcock, and Michaela Johnson.

Marvin Ridge High School has some gold medalists attending its school.

The gold medalists are all members of the Marvin Ridge Varsity Winter Guard, which is comprised of 10 students from both Marvin Ridge High and Middle schools.

The Marvin Ridge Winter Guard, under the direction of Brian Winn, won the Scholastic A World Championship (making the team members gold medalists in WGI World Competition) for their 2015 show "There's No Place like Home.” The number is based on Dorothy’s story of leaving the Emerald City and getting back to her farm in Kansas.

“This guard has come a long way this season,” Winn said. “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.”

There are seven Marvin Ridge High School students and three Marvin Ridge Middle School students who make up the varsity team. They are Emma Adcock, Omari Simmons, Anne Pickhardt, Michaela Johnson, Nicole Patton, Lia Kitteringham, Gracie Wagner, Mackenzie Jackson, Ava Cortelli and Yuna Asano.

Adcock, the team’s captain, marched earlier this month in the World Class Drum Corp called “Spirit of Atlanta.”

This team has dedicated more than 200 hours to practice. It also has competed almost every weekend, from January through April, in local and regional competitions.

For those unfamiliar with Winter Guard -- teams create choreographed shows with music, colorful mats and often props. Team members also use flags, rifles and sabers.

This is the first team from North or South Carolina, since World Guard International began in 1978, to win first place in the Scholastic A World Championship, Winn said.

There are currently 10 countries that compete in winter guard including the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, Korea, Japan and Africa.

Winn is assisted by Emma Boyce, Madison Adcock and Allison Mayer. Shelia Adcock is the Color Guard Coordinator.

Winn said he is very proud of the team’s success. “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.” 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 24, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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