Spinning out of the winter guard season

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The Edmond Memorial Winter Guard concluded their season with a second place finish at state championships.

Rachel Weathers, Memorial Editor

Each fall the Edmond Memorial color guard has the opportunity to perform with the marching band. This gives them a chance to showcase their soaring flag and rifle tosses as well as the precise choreography they spent several months perfecting.

Then when marching season concludes, the guard has the chance to shine entirely on their own during the winter sports season. This year, the guard took their techniques to new heights with the show “Chand-Allure,” placing first at two contests and second at the state championships held March 27. 

The last year has been challenging for many sports teams as the pandemic has prevented seasons from being completed or happening. The 2020 winter guard season had to end early in light of school closures. Because of this, the directors wanted to craft a memorable show this year. 

“After their winter guard season was cut short last year, I really wanted to create an environment where they could be successful and focus on enjoying themselves,” Director Morgan Repplinger said. 

While creating a winter guard show it’s imperative the music, costuming and choreography all coordinate together to make a cohesive show for the audience and judges. Therefore, Memorial’s guard had a team of knowledgeable designers and directors to create the show. This ultimately assisted their accomplishments at state.

“Zach Barber did an amazing job choreographing and staging the show to not only match the music, but to also match the floor, ” technician Leya Mohammad said. “A show that has everything coordinated well can do so much for a guard at contests.”

This year’s show stood out to members as it pushed them outside of their comfort zones and took their performance capabilities to the next level.

“My favorite memory was learning the choreography. Compared to some of our previous shows this one really was out of our comfort zone,” senior Crystal Chavez said. “Learning difficult tosses and dance was fun.”

For seniors, the state championship was the last time they would perform as members of the guard. Knowing this, they were able to leave everything on the floor as a chapter of their lives concluded. 

“It was a bittersweet moment. It felt like everything seemed to slow down just for a minute to allow me to truly enjoy the experience for the last time,” senior Jaden Colvin said. 

The guard’s season brought in new accomplishments for the program and defied the expectations the members held. It’s been several years since Memorial’s guard placed regularly during the season or finished highly at championships so this was a season for the record books. 

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited about the outcome our show had this season, ” Colvin said. “Placing first twice in a row and second at state championships is something this guard doesn’t see very often.”

With the show’s higher difficulty level, senior guard members see the program being on the cusp of a new beginning. With this season’s accomplishments, Chavez feels as though a bright future awaits the younger members. 

“My last season was great and I definitely see the guard heading in a new direction. I can leave guard knowing that I’m proud of the members’ accomplishments and what is waiting for them,” Chavez said. 

Creating a show entirely during a pandemic has met the guard with challenges, but they have overcome obstacles to make their directors proud of the season’s final triumphs. 

“I was elated when they scored second at championships. I work with the best kids and it inspires me to watch them every rehearsal,” Repplinger said. “I could not have imagined a better season.”

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