The Smithfield-Selma High School Winter Color Guard recently brought home the 2015 Atlantic Indoor Association Championship, finishing the year with an undefeated season.
This latest gold medal adds to an extensive shelf of awards earned over the past eight years. In 2011, the Spartan Color Guard placed 11th in the World Championships.
“We all know that hard work pays off, but they gave more than the average,” Principal Stephen Baker said of the undefeated season. “They did it for each other, and that unselfish effort has paid off in perfection.”
Performing to the theme of “Neverland,” the Spartan group decorated the AIA stage in light-green uniforms, free-flowing flags and pixie dust.
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“The students were awesome performers,” said Leigh Anne Deans, assistant band director. “They really got into their characters and put on a believable performance. That really set them apart.”
The color guard’s coaches are band director Brian Jones and Jean Coulet du Gard.
“Color Guard is such a great opportunity, and I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing team,” said Cassie Munday.
Throughout the year, Color Guard members spend hours together, from practicing at football games to performing at school events.
“Color Guard isn’t just a sport,” said member Diana Gottuso. “It is a lifestyle.”
Since its inception, the SSS color guard has medaled at every AIA Championship in which it has competed.
“I am extremely proud of the team,” said Jones, the band director. “They all worked very hard all season.”