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Carroll Varsity Winter Guard Prepares for World Championship Competition

Feb 24, 2016 07:54AM ● By Audrey Sellers

The Carroll Varsity Winter Guard just made history. For the first time, the Guard made finals at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Regional in Dallas, scoring fifth place overall. This sets the team up nicely to compete at the WGI World Championship in Dayton, Ohio, this April.

Daphne Adkison, Head Director for the Guard, recalls the moment the group learned they made finals. “They were extremely classy as they have been trained not to react in a way that could be perceived as unsportsmanlike,” she says, “but they had huge smiles on their faces. We went to a place in the stadium as a group after and were able to celebrate and enjoy such a wonderful, record-setting accomplishment.” 

Carroll has three Winter Guards: a Cadet Guard with students from fourth through eighth grade, a JV Guard and a Varsity Guard. There are a total of 40 members.

The Varsity Guard, which performs a show called “A Touch of Gold,” practices every Monday and Thursday in preparation for the World Championship.

“The group works extremely hard at each rehearsal,” says Adkison. “We are so excited to go to WGI Championships and compete. It is my first year as Head Director, and I look forward to growing and building a nationally ranked program.”