In My Own Words: Indoor color guard gets 'Soaked'

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Lyana Hall talks about her recent indoor color guard competition. 

Before our big competition this past weekend, we needed to practice to completely drill the routine into our heads. Our performance is called, "Soaked." We started rehearsal at 9 am.

Left to Right: Kayla, Hannah Westerman, Maddie Swope, Kaytelyn Naglich, Christine Fritz, Hannah Martz, and Allie Musser.

Before I knew it was time to pack up and leave. We had a check list before we could leave. When we had everything we carried and then we went outside with the mat we had to put all our belongings on the curb so we could put the mat inside the van. 

Transporting the mat we perform on is no easy task. One person climbs inside the van to pull while the rest of us help push it from the outside. It must be quiet the sight for anyone passing by.

With the mat and the rest of our belonging packed, it was time for us to leave.

There are two Hannah’s but Hannah Westerman and Hannah Martz both we drawing on a pixelated drawing game. 

It a bit of trip so there's plenty of time for relaxing, playing Pixilart, and napping. We even watched SpongeBob SquarePants. One of my favorite was the SpongeBob SquarePants “Dirty Dan” scene. 


When we finally arrived we were given a classroom to use as our green room. We carried our flag bags and other belongings into the room. The mat was placed in the props room. 

We didn’t get ready until 6 pm which involves doing your hair, make-up and putting on our uniform. I always think we look amazing in matching uniforms with our hair half up and half down. 

We did some quick warm ups some of which help us emphasize our emotions. Finally, it was time for us to go down to the auditorium to perform. 

Once we entered the auditorium we needed to first unfolded the mat. Yes, the same heavy mat we had to shove into the van. With the mat prepared, we were finally ready to perform.

The entire performance including set-up and tear down are timed so we have to fold the mat quickly.
But guess what!?!

We got first place in equipment. Probably from all that practice moving that heavy mat around. The entire guard was extremely happy.
The entire event--rehearsals, travelling in a crowded van, performing in front of an audience--is a wonderful experience. It's amazing to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

I can’t wait for more to come, and you should come see us perform.

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

--By Lyana Hall, LS News reporter

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