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North Lamar color guard brings home state bronze medal

Posing with the bronze trophy earned at the state competition is the NLHS Colorguard. Shown with medals in hand beginning first row left are Haylie Stringer, Lauren Patterson, April Widner, Essence Corpus, Destiny Lambert, and Kaylie Stringer. In the second row are Jaden Estes, Nancy Castillo, Rebekah Reed, Cheyanne Jones, Lexi Coco, Lauren Johnson, and Jennifer Wirges. In back are Taylor White, Cassidy Money, Emily Johnston, Reaghan Johnson, and Michelle Chavez.

Posing with the bronze trophy earned at the state competition is the NLHS Colorguard. Shown with medals in hand beginning first row left are Haylie Stringer, Lauren Patterson, April Widner, Essence Corpus, Destiny Lambert, and Kaylie Stringer. In the second row are Jaden Estes, Nancy Castillo, Rebekah Reed, Cheyanne Jones, Lexi Coco, Lauren Johnson, and Jennifer Wirges. In back are Taylor White, Cassidy Money, Emily Johnston, Reaghan Johnson, and Michelle Chavez.

Earning the state bronze medal was such an unbelievable feeling of excitement and accomplishment for us all,” said North Lamar High School Colorguard coach Donna Smith upon retelling the feeling the team had when hearing their name announced over the loud speaker at the state competition.  “All their hard work has paid off!”

The North Lamar Colorguard got off on the right foot by winning their first contest in “Regional A” class.

“Classes in the Colorguard world are not arranged by the size of the school but rather by ability level of the guard itself,” said Coach Donna Smith.  “Regional A is the class we have been in for many years and is, however, comprised of mostly 3A schools.”

In the next contest of the season, the girls placed second with a score high enough to move them up to the next class, “Scholastic A”.

Most of the schools in this class are 5A and 6A. A little worried about competing in the “big girl” class, Smith was quick to note that the team placed eighth out of eighteen schools and 10 points higher in their first contest of the new class. Knowing what they could do in this new class, they regrouped after spring break and began working toward the state competition with a new set of goals.

Going into state, North Lamar’s Colorguard was seeded fifth. Being so close to the top gave them the confidence to perform their absolute best.

Smith said, “Coming from Regional A class to getting moved up then moving our way up through the next class to take the bronze medal is so indescribable. They are definitely the “Cinderella team” of this year’s North Texas Colorguard Association Winterguard season!”

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