By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel High School Color Guard Director Rosie Queen describes the 2017 team as epic.
Hard to argue, as CHS finished an unbeaten season with its fifth Winter Guard International world title.
Carmel won with 97,550 points at the Scholastic World Class competition April 9 at the University of Dayton (Ohio) Arena. Two other Indianapolis-area teams, Avon (second) and Center Grove (fourth) finished in the top five. Union City (Calif.) James Logan placed third.
“The girls had such a successful season putting our show ‘Arabesque’ on the floor,” Queen said. “We took the show to Florida and Indianapolis regionals and audiences around the country fell in love with the performers. The girls wore this show so well and loved performing it every weekend this winter. Winning our eighth consecutive state championship and fourth Scholastic World WGI Championship was just the icing on the cake.”
CHS previously captured Scholastic World Class championships in 2011, ’13 and ’15 and won the Scholastic Open Class in 2007.
Queen said there were 30 performers in the World Guard.
“It takes a lot of hard work to get to the level of excellence that this group has achieved,” Queen said. “It is a testament to their work ethic, drive and passion for the Carmel High School Winter Guard. They are a very special group that has a lot to be proud of. The parents, administration, staff and students had such an epic year coming together to achieve the highest honors. ”
At the state competition, two CHS seniors were honored. Natalie Brand won the Steve Manning Artistic Scholarship from the Indiana High School Color Guard Association. Stella Mo received an IHSCGA academic scholarship.
Queen said auditions for the 2017-18 Color Guard, which will compete on the field with the marching band, are set from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 2 and 4. Those attending should meet in the CHS band room. Queen said there is no experience necessary, just a love for dancing, traveling and performing.
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