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Valencia on to world championship

Colorguard needs to raise $15,000 to take team to international competition

Posted: February 16, 2010 8:18 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Sarah Eagan practices with Valencia High School's Colorguard, which hopes to raise $15,000 - enough to take the team to the World Championships in Ohio in April.

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Valencia High School’s Colorguard team has earned a spot to compete in the Winter Guard International World Championship, to be held in 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, Valencia color guard adviser.  

The Valencia High School Colorguard 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.

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, according to the Winter Guard International Web site.

The trip to Dayton, Ohio, for the team of 12 students, two instructors, their school adviser and the shipping of their equipment, props and flooring will be a total cost more than $15,000.

“We are hoping to get the support of our local businesses through either sponsorships or a commitment from 150 SCV businesses to donate $100 per business,” team captains Meaghan Ridenour and Katie Fundora said.  

The team recognizes the hard economic times, but hopes the community can reach its goal.

“The team would appreciate any amount of support from their community,” Feeder said.

Donations should be made payable to VHS ASB and addressed to: Valencia High School, Attn:  Janet Feeder, Color Guard Adviser, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia, CA 91355.  

For more information on ways to donate, call Valencia High School at (661) 294-1188 and ask for Color Guard Adviser Janet Feeder.

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