Indoor Guard 3rd in Pa. competition

NEIGHBORS

April 25, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RIVER HILL High School's Indoor Guard traveled to Redland High School in Lewisberry, Pa., to compete in the Keystone Indoor Drill Association competition March 23. The guard took third place with the team's all-time high score of 82.2 out of a possible 100.

Team captain Marie Laferriere competed as a soloist. She received a score of 97 and first place in the KIDA competition.

This is the senior's last year in the Indoor Guard. Since joining as a freshman, she has been a member of both the Indoor and the Outdoor Guard, which is affiliated with the marching band.

"When I started high school, I had no idea what guard was," she said.

But a friend persuaded her to go to the guard tryouts, which were being held after school. "I had no clue what I was I getting into," Marie said.

But Marie found she enjoyed the routines of the synchronized drill team that combine dance with spinning rifles, sabers and flags. The rifles and sabers are made of wood covered with electrical tape.

"It's a combination of dance and juggling," she said.

This year's routine was a show about good vs. evil, Marie said. "Our song was a remake of the Police song `Roxanne.' The actual song was called `El Tango du Roxanne' from the movie Moulin Rouge," she said.

Team members were dressed in white, black and red - those dressed in white carried flags; in black, rifles; and in red, sabers.

The music was written and taught by Marie and co-captain Tiffany Underwood, also a senior at River Hill.

Marie and Tiffany are doing most of the choreography for the team, as well as advising the group, which has no adult adviser. When Marie started with the guard four years ago, two advisers were attached to the squad. Last year, the group's only adviser had to resign because of an illness.

"Halfway through the season, we didn't have a coach," Marie said. Undaunted, the students continued on their own.

"I couldn't do any of this without [Tiffany]; she keeps everyone in line," Marie said.

Marie's individual routine was self-taught. She performed with a saber, rifle and flag to "Five O'Clock World" by the Vogues. Marie won the first-place trophy from a field of 12 soloists. She performed her routine again in an exhibition by the first-place winners.

Marie also plays clarinet in the marching band when she is not busy with the guard, and has participated on River Hill's "It's Academic" team. She will study physics at St. Mary's College of Maryland in the fall. While some colleges have drill teams, St. Mary's does not. But Marie hopes to continue her hobby with an independent drill team.

The band's Percussion Ensemble also competed at Redland and finished second, with a score of 79. It was the ensemble's only competition of the season.

The Indoor Guard will present its final routine of the year during the music department's spring trip. The Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles and Indoor Guard will travel to Williamsburg, Va., today for the Saturday competition. Band director Steve Wampler will advise the group.

Happy owners

Happy Hounds 4-H Club held its Achievement Night at the group's March meeting. Amy Frasier, who had come a long way with her dog, Rascal, was recognized for "Most Growth in 4-H."

Suzanne Wollen was named Best New Rookie and Heidi Frasier received the 4-H Spirit Award. Jenna Starr was recognized for public speaking at the Dog Jamboree.

Karianna Barr, Amy Frasier, Heidi Frasier, Sarah McCarthy, Jennifer Melichar, Robyn Roogow, Laura Tindale, Suzanne Wollen and Olivia Yancey were recognized for their fund-raising efforts at American Kennel Club shows.

Happy Hounds also welcomed new members Jessica Cullum, Trent Dowdells, Timothy Dowdells, Megan Clark, Sara Beck, Emily Pazar and Victoria Edwards.

No car

For all you hopefuls trying to win the 2002 Honda Civic EX raffle sponsored by the River Hill Boosters Association, you didn't win. In fact, no one won the car.

The Boosters did not make enough money through ticket sales to cover the cost of the automobile, so the fund-raiser this month was converted to a 50/50 raffle.

Boosters President Diane McDermond reports that a Mount Airy couple won half the cash in the raffle. The Boosters retained the other half of the money to support River Hill programs.

Yard sale

St. James United Methodist Church will hold its third community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. Spring plants, baked items and subs will be for sale.

The church is at 12470 Old Frederick Road, in West Friendship.

Information: 410-418-8814.

Tip Line

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