Reno, NV (April 19, 2018) — The Damonte Ranch High School (DRHS) Winter Guard ranked 21st out of 133 international teams competing at the Scholastic A Finals of the WGI World Championships at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. The team advanced through the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the competition held at university sports areas in Ohio and Kentucky, making history for DRHS, the Washoe County School District and the State of Nevada.
The DRHS students who performed as members of the Winter Guard are: Kaylee Allen, Charlie Bock, MaShayLynn Brown, Aunika Crozier, Aleah Hemerson, Lindsey Horan, Yasmin Lopez, Sydney Lynch, Jordan Martz, Chevy Moore, Bryanna Nickerson, Andie Scarborough, Sam Sistek and Kalena Stewart.
The DRHS Winter Guard is led by Coach Javier Sosa and assistant coaches Daniel Miller, Ty Watters, Kendall Welling, Mariah Williams. During this competition, the team was also supported by DRHS Drumline Coach Blair Williams and the DRHS Guard Parent organization.
“I want the team to have the perfect run-through, regardless of placement or scores, heading into the national competition,” said Coach Sosa. “This was our driving force, and I am so proud of our team’s hard work.”
“I was especially impressed with the sportsmanship that is being taught in this program,” said Mark Barnard, director of orchestras at DRHS, who accompanied the team to Ohio. “Our DRHS students worked with another high school from Florida, Palm Beach Central. Each school helped the other prepare for their Preliminary, Semifinal and Finals performances by moving each other’s floor and performance equipment into the arena. This allowed both teams to focus on performing their best.”
“Their performance in Dayton is proof that hard work and dedication pay off,” said Laura Epperson, a parent volunteer who accompanied the group to the competition in Dayton. “In addition to great performances and great scores, their excitement, joy, and attitude about their placement far exceeded any score they received.”
WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as the governing body for the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 41st year in 2018, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were more than 46,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 15,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this April.