The CHS Winter Guard holds their flags high despite 2020 / 2021 hardships

With winter at its peak, the Winter Guard of CHS is working harder than ever in spite of COVID – 19. Winter Guard flew into their season with tryouts on November 30 – December 1 with their first practice on December 3. Winter Guard typically goes from December to April every year. This is their 8th year as an organization in the school.

The 2019 – 2020 Winter Guard was about to finish their season when they were stopped abruptly because of the national shut down in March of last year.

Last year’s theme was “Sweater Weather.” The girls and boys dressed in fall attire and preformed a “Sweater Weather” cover.

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The 2021 team’s first meet was on February 13th. They placed 5th overall. Way to go, Warriors!

2020 – 2021 Winter Guard meet schedule:

  • 13 February @ River Ridge HS (Placed 5th)
  • 27 Feburary @ Kell HS (Placed 7th)
  • 06 March @ Cherokee HS (Friendly performance)
  • 13 March @ Etowah HS
  • 20 March @ Alpharetta HS
  • 27 March SAPA Championships

Shown above: CHS Winter Guard preforms their show “Somewhere Only We Know.” Photo credit: Leslie Thomas.

This year’s theme is “Somewhere Only We Know,” and it represents how though the craziness of this past year, we have found a safe place to go to.

Mason Warrington is a sophomore and this is his first year on the Winter Guard team. When he was asked “What is your favorite part of Winter Guard so far this season,” he said:

My favorite part is meeting new people. All of the guard members are really nice!

Mason Warrington

When Mason was asked “What made you eager to join the Winter Guard team this year,” his response was:

I thought it would be really fun and I would be able to be myself more.

Mason Warrington

When he was asked “What is something you wish that non – guard – members knew about guard,” he responded with:

Guard is a really hard sport to learn and a lot more physically challenging then people would expect.

Mason Warrington
Mason Warrington and Olivia Thomas pose in their uniforms.

Olivia Thomas is also a sophomore in Winter Guard. This is her second year, and when she was asked “What is your favorite part of Winter Guard this season,” she added:

It is challenging having more choreography and new equipment this season.

Olivia Thomas

Olivia joined Marching Band her freshman year, then switched to Color Guard her sophomore year. When she was asked “What made you eager to join the Winter Guard team,” she said:

After watching the Color Guard through Marching Band last year, I began to admire the group and I desired to be a part of their team since then.

Olivia Thomas

When she was asked “What is something you wish that non – Winter Guard members knew about Guard,” Olivia’s response was:

When the equipment hits you, it hurts more then you think!

Olivia Thomas

Come out and support your fellow Warriors before their season ends on March 27!

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