Soaring above the competition
The performing arts at La Porte High School have been extraordinarily successful in recent decades, and the LPHS Winter Guard is no exception to this. Placing 24th in the world for their class, the guard members had an outstanding showing this year.
“La Porte is one of the stronger winter guard programs in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit. We have won our class at the MWCGC Championships many times over the years and competed well at the Winter Guard International World Championships having been a World Finalist 4 times since 1992,” Mickey Stisher, Director, said.
Winter Guard is an activity truly like no other at LPHS. It combines dance and equipment work to create a theatrical masterpiece out of a five-minute show. Despite all of these challenges, there is no “junior varsity” or “varsity” guard; students participate in grade ranges from eighth grade to high school seniors in the same unit.
“There is a lot of good energy within the guard this year and even though there’s a lot of new performing members we are still successful,” Roziland McCoy, third-year performer, said.
With a series of record-breaking series of scores this year, this guard has set itself apart from those who have come before. At semifinals, the guard scored an 85.3 out of a possible 100, a tremendous score to end a season on.
This year’s show is titled “The Seagull”. It tells the story of a girl who decides to free herself from a damaging and abusive relationship; metaphorically, she becomes free like a seagull.
“In the past four years, I definitely had my ups and downs with winter guard. In the end, all of the hard work put in was 100% worth it because I walked away from the activity with unforgettable friendships and performance experiences,” Chloe Cloutier, fourth-year performer, said.
While the winter guard won’t be active again until late fall, interested students are recommended to participate in the summer color guard. Auditions for the color guard are on April 29th and 30th after school.