Guard Championship

Paige Zorn

On Friday, March 25, 2022, the North Port High School Winter guard went to Daytona Beach for FFCC championships, along with Indoor Percussion. The groups had a walk out from the school at about 8:40 AM, and then got on the buses to leave for Daytona. The drive took about 4 hours, with a break at a rest stop in Polk City. The group arrived in Ormond Beach at about 1 PM, where they ate at Cracker Barrel. After eating, they checked into the hotel to get ready and change into their uniforms. 

At about 4:45 PM, the guard left the hotel for the Ocean Center. After getting wrist bands and taking flag bags out from under the bus, they went to warm up outside on an area of grass. After about 2 hours of cleaning work, the group went inside to take a picture at 8:07. They then had warm up and did a full run. After the run, they went to holding and performed at 8:37 PM. Awards were about 45 minutes later after. The guard participated in round 4, the Knights Division. They placed sixth out of sixteen with a score of 76.12, a 5-point gain from their last competition. Out of all the guards in their class, they were 25th out of 63. 

On Saturday, percussion performed and placed fourth out of nine. In the evening, 5 members of color guard had solos. Abigail Broshak (’25) placed fourth for scholastic dance solos. Kara Foster (’24) placed fifth for both scholastic flag and scholastic rifle solos. Joel Thame (’22) placed fourth for scholastic flag solos and Lillie Kochenderfer (’22) placed eighth. 

On Sunday, the percussion and winter guard groups went to Daytona Lagoon at 11 AM. They stayed for 2 hours and left for home at about 1:15 PM. They made a stop at a rest stop in Ruskin, FL. All members were back at the school at around 5:15 PM.