HHS Winter guard team wins SCGC Championship

The HHS Winter Guard team took home the SCGC Championship and were crowned Alabama State Champions. (File)

The HHS Winter Guard team took home the SCGC Championship and were crowned Alabama State Champions. (File)

From Staff Reports

NASHVILLE, TENN–On Friday, March 27, the Helena High School Winter guard team arrived in Nashville, Tenn. for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championships. The SCGC is a competition where Winter guard teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi compete to see who’s the best of the best.

The beginning of the winter guard season starts in January and from then on teams prepare by participating in other competitions all across the Southeast.

The SCGC Championships is the last competition of the school year for winter guard teams, making the championships the most important. More than 100 winter guard teams preformed routines in hopes of winning first place in their divisions.

At this competition, the HHS Winter guard was placed in the Scholastic Regional A division with 13 other groups.

In a division this large, the teams had to participate in two different rounds: the Prelims and the Medal Round. In the Prelims, teams were viewed by five judges who decided which top six teams got to move on to the Medal Round.

“Out of the top six teams, the HHS Winter guard placed first in Prelims, letting them move on to the medal round,” said HHS Winter guard instructor Katy Burnside.

In the Medal Round, the HHS Winter guard finished in first place and won a trophy and individual medal for each team member.

Kate Gentry, a senior member of the HHS Winter guard, was very excited when she found out they placed first.

“I was excited, especially since it was my senior year,” said Gentry. “Winning meant so much more.”

In addition to the first place for the division, the team was recognized for being the highest scoring Alabama team in that division and received the title of Alabama State Champions.

“Coming to a new school with a new team can be difficult,” said senior Kayla Dubberly. “Our team worked so hard to win, and we put everything into our last performance. It was an absolute honor, and a great achievement to compete as the first ever HHS Winter guard, and bring home first place. When they called our team to receive the award for first place, we all felt complete pride and joy.”