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Local color guard to represent SCV in world championships

Posted: February 1, 2010 2:05 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2010 3:27 p.m.

Sarah Eagan, a member of the Valencia Color Guard team, practices for the Winter Guard International World Championship this April.

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Valencia High School's Color Guard Team has earned a spot to compete in the Winter Guard International World Championship, to be held in Dayton, Ohio this April.

"It's quite an honor and our students have worked extremely hard over the past few years to achieve this goal," said Janet Feeder, VHS Color Guard faculty advisor.

The Valencia High School Color Guard Team has trained under the direction of Lorraine Kohagen, Pedro Montanez and Scott Ruiz for many hours each week, competed as much as possible and maintained their focus on achieving their goal as a team.

Now, their efforts have paid off as they look forward to representing their school and their City of Santa Clarita this spring.

Winter guard, also known as the "Sport of the Arts," is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern color guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement.

It is called the "Sport of the Arts" because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 32nd year, the sport continues to evolve and grow.

The trip to Dayton for the team of 12 students, 2 instructors, their school advisor, and the shipping of their equipment, props and flooring will be a total cost of just over $15,000.00.

"We are hoping to get the support of our local businesses through either sponsorships or a commitment from 150 SCV businesses to donate $100.00 per business," stated Meaghan and Katie, team captains.

A sponsorship might be difficult for some local businesses during these economic times but a tax deductible donation of $100.00 or more from the community becomes more feasible and will help reach the VHS Color Guard Team's fundraising goal of $15,000.00. "The team would appreciate any amount of support from their community," stated Janet Feeder.

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