The journey to championships
This 2012 season has been the most successful winterguard season that PHUHS has seen in a long time. That, however, does not mean that this season did not have its troubles. With our guard instructor recovering from an injury and an influx of new people, the beginning of this season did not always seem as though it would end as well as it did. Yet, our guard prevailed.
“We had a lot of people return who not only new what they were doing, but were really passionate about it too,” Katherine Spencer said.
With these returning sophomores and upperclassmen, Palm Harbor’s winterguard had a backbone that it had never previously had. These committed veterans knew what they were doing and made sure that the new members received the extra help that they needed.
The winterguard show this year is a cover of the song “If I Die Young” performed by Michael Henry and Justin Robinett. This melodic show quickly received recognition from the FFCC (Florida Federation of Colorguard Circuit), placing third in their class in their first competition of the season. The season continued to improve, placing second at the next competition and first at the two following that.
Then came what the guard had been preparing for all season: FFCC State Championships. Every year towards the end of March winterguards from around the state flocked to the Daytona area to compete amongst their class for a chance to place.
After performing and not-so-patiently waiting for the results of the competition, Palm Harbor’s winterguard lined up among the other guards and waited once more for the announcer to inform them of their placement. Finally it was announced, “And in second place, with a score of 74.3, is Palm Harbor University High School!” Our guard cheered louder than any of the previously announced guards, the pride on their faces cleasr as they lined up to receive their silver medals.