The Chesterton High School Winter Guard began their 2010 competitive season
this past Saturday by competing in the Indiana High School Color Guard
Association’s (IHSCGA) first contest of the season. Some 45 color guards
from all parts of Indiana traveled to Decatur Central High School to take
part in this competition.
The units at IHSCGA events are divided into six different classes that are
based on the group’s experience level and abilities. Six state and national
level adjudicators judge very specific captions that scrutinize the
student’s expertise with their equipment work, their dance and body skills,
the coordination and physical demands of the show, and the effectiveness of
the show itself.
The Chesterton High School Color Guard competed with 17 Class “A” units and
missed capturing the first place trophy by a tenth of a point.
“While it would have been nice to win the show, our main goal at this early
season competition was to simply get the production out on the floor, and
get a first read from the judging community regarding any flaws in the
construction of the show,” said Director Lisa Scheiber. “It’s another
challenging Class “A” show for our girls and we’re really proud of the way
they handled the pressure of this first competition.”
The first place trophy went to Brownsburg with a score of 59.9; second place
to Chesterton with 59.8; third place to Muncie Southside High School with
57.7; fourth place to Zionsville with 56.1; and rounding out the top five
places in the Class “A” competition was Scottsburg with 54.5. Chesterton’s
Winter Guard production for 2010, based on an orchestral piece by English
composer Benjamin Britten, features an exciting visual and musical tour of
the symphonic orchestra.
The CHS Winter Guard is funding their season through the sale of raffle
tickets. Tickets for the Guard’s “Mad Money Raffle” are only $10 each and
they are available through the CHS Main Office, or any Winter Guard family
or in the CHS Main Office during school hours. Only 3000 tickets are
available, making the patrons chances of winning rather high.
First prize for the “Mad Money Raffle” is $5000, second prize is $2250,
third prize is $1125, fourth prize is $200 and the fifth and final prize is
The drawing from the raffle will be selected by CHS Principal Jim Goetz at
7:00 p.m. on March 1 in the CHS Gymnasium. The drawing will take place
immediately following an exhibition performance of the CHS Winter Guard’s
The next performance by the CHS Winter Guard will take place on Saturday,
January 23 at 7:37 p.m. at the Lake Central High School Winter Guard
Invitational in St. John. This event will also include a 6:12 p.m.
performance of the Chesterton Middle School Winter Guard’s 2010 show
entitled, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
Members of the CHS Winter Guard include: Amanda Dunahoo, Christina Gault,
Ashley Gillespie, Sammie Hardin, Sloan Jones, Stephanie Leeth, Cassandra
Marx, Julia Roldan, Brittany Seay, Courtney Sisson, Lindsey Stewart, Eva
Thomas, Haley Thoreson, Charity Vallangeon, and Katie Vallangeon.
Additional staff include Jeff Wroblewski in visual design and Assistant
Director Nichole Krance. Both the CHS and CMS Winter Guards are under the
direction of Lisa Scheiber.