The Smithson Valley Varsity Color Guard team became State Champions after competing in the North Zone Color Guard Championships at Southwest High School in San Antonio on April 13.
Sponsored by the Texas Educational Color Guard Association, the championships were divided into various categories. SVHS Varsity Color Guard competed in the Scholastic A division and placed first in all categories including Best Equipment, Best Movement, Best Design and overall Best General Effect, making them the State Champions.
In addition, Senior Jordan Leyendecker won a $1,000 scholarship from the TECA to the college or university of her choice.
For the first time, SVHS also had a junior varsity color guard team compete in the championships. This team competed in the Scholastic Regional AA division and placed sixth in the championship. This JV team was up against several varsity groups.
Color guards generally perform with high school and college bands. They may use flags, rifles and sabres in their routines, and they perform choreographed dance routines using these various apparatuses.
Congratulations, SVHS Color Guards!
-The Smithson Valley High School Varsity Color Guard team became state champions on April 13. Pictured front row from left are Leslie Juarez, Aliyah Woitena, Keyerra French, Jaiden Martinez, Naomi Morrow and Jordan Leyendecker; middle row from left are Lauren Matula, Olivia Gusme, Destiny Espinoza, Ariel Melendez, Keely Garber and Nicole Garma; and back row from left are Megan Evans, Anamiek Brooks, Kristina Hernandez, Aris Salinas and Katelyn White.
-The SVHS Junior Varsity Color Guard team took sixth place in its division during the state championship competition. Pictured front row from left are Jasmine Rangel, Ehlana Pickett, Julianna Diaz and Tess Olivier; middle row from left are Montserrat Garcia, Ryan Thomas, Grizzly Langham, Kaylean Cook and Hannah Montalvo; and back row from left are Chris Sosa, Maggie Valdez and Arali Garcia.