The 18-member THS Color Guard interprets and performs dance routines that display synchronized work of flags, wooden rifles, and sabers. While most people associate Color Guard with their halftime performances at football games, the group practices year round to compete in a series of indoor flag competitions that lead up to Winter Guard.
“We really pushed them in preparation of Winter Guard,” shares Director and former THS Color Guard member Ruthann Valentine. “We implemented intricate rifle work, advance flag spinning skills, and dance, which is something most of them had never experienced.”
The team competed in four events leading up to Winter Guard, earning fourth, third and second place. They competed against 26 North Texas and Louisiana teams at Winter Guard and earned first place in their district.
“They wanted that top spot, and worked hard to earn it,” added Valentine. “We are very proud of all their hard work.”
For many of the students, Color Guard is more than just an extra curricular activity; it is a place to be themselves, and a place to belong.
Senior team member Hailey Barnett, who transferred to Terrell at the beginning of her sophomore year, shared how joining Color Guard transformed her high school experience.
“When I came to Terrell, I didn’t know anyone. I hadn’t really made friends or found a place to belong,” Barnett said. “One day, a girl in my chemistry class invited me to try out for Color Guard. I made the team and instantly felt like I belonged somewhere.”
Several other team members echoed Barnett’s sentiments, sharing that Color Guard is more of a family than it is a team.
“We all have our off days and our quirks, but at the end of the day we all have each other, and that really is the best part,” Barnett said.
Congratulations to the Color Guard on this tremendous accomplishment!