Mclean Winter Guard kicks off

Mclean Color Guard starts off their winter season

As their fall season comes to a close, the McLean Color Guard is restarting their first real winter season since the beginning of the pandemic. Their season will continue until April, and anyone is eligible to join, with no experience necessary.

“We are very excited for our first season back, and I can’t wait to get back on the floor,” junior Nadine Krauss said.

In previous seasons, the varsity team was eligible to compete in WGI championships in Dayton, Ohio, a prestigious competition attended by color guard teams from around the world. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, their 2019 season had to come to an early close, preventing the team from competing in championships.

“We were so excited to compete at championships, but hopefully, we can make it back this year,” senior Arlen Bermudez said.

The team held auditions Nov. 17th through 18th at Kent Gardens Elementary school. Students were given the chance to make one of three different teams and the audition itself consisted of a dance and flag piece, which was taught on the spot.

“The whole process was a little nerve-racking, but I think I did my best,” Krauss said.

In 2020, McLean color guard’s spring and winter seasons competed through video auditions submitted to judges. They had practices two days a week at McLean and tried to make the season feel as normal as possible.

“Although it felt super out of place and wasn’t like a real season at all, we all got to perform together,” junior Nadine Krauss said.

As their season progresses, the team is hopeful for another chance at championships and a great season ahead of them. You can find more information about the color guard via their Instagram: @mcleanhsguard.