For the first time in MVHS history, the 18-student Varsity Winter Guard advanced to state finals and placed 11th out of 19 guards. The MVHS Varsity Winter Guard performed their show titled "The Breaking Light" at Center Grove High School on Saturday March 21st.
In previous years, the Winter Guard competed in a lower class that does not qualify for state finals. MVHS took advantage of their first year eligible for state finals by edging out 20 schools who regularly compete at this level to get to state, and then took 11th place out of 19 other guard squads at state.
Members previously auditioned to be in the Varsity Winter Guard and were chosen in November for this select group. They practiced twice a week for three hours each, and on the weekend had either a nine-hour practice or were competing.
Derek Ellinger, Director of Bands for MVHS states, "MVHS's Varsity Winter Guard director, Thomas Thawley, is in his first year as a guard director. This is a great accomplishment for him and shows his talent and teaching ability!"
After the state finals, many guard directors from competing schools approached Ellinger congratulating them on their efforts in the statewide competition.