The Northview High School Winter Guard finished eighth this weekend in the World Class preliminaries.
According to band director Bob Medworth, world class is the highest level of competition. There is also Class A and open class, which have easier skill requirements.
There were 191 high school guards entered in the competition.
Heading into Saturday competition, several of the NHS guard members became sick, making practice difficult. Medworth said the squad practiced with only 10 of 18 members.
The squad competed in Dayton Saturday evening without two of its members, and still scored an 87.5.
Medworth said this is the 20th year Northview has advanced to the finals. He said only two schools in the country -- Center Grove and Miamisburg -- have more finals appearances.
This is also the 11th year Northview has finished in the top 10 in the nation. Previous top 10 finishes for Northview included third place in 1985, fifth place in 1986, 1987, 1998 and 1999, eighth in 1991 and 2000, and ninth in 1988, 1993 and 1994.
Flanagan High School won the event with a score of 96.9 while Avon was second at 96.2. Center Grove was third at 94 while Cheshire High School took fourth at 91.6. Placing fifth was Miamisburg at 90.4 while Shenendehowa was sixth at 89.9. Choctawhatchee finished seventh with 89.5 points.
Northview's routine was called, "The Ripple Effect." The guard is taught by Ruth Ann Medworth, Michael and Katie Townsend, Daniel Holland, Jon Vanderkolf and Jim Moore.
In addition to Northview, Center Grove and Avon, Warren Central and Carmel also placed in the top 15.
Medworth said the ISSMA District Organization Festival also took place this weekend, as Northview hosted 44 bands, orchestras and choirs.
Performances took place Friday evening and all day Saturday at North Clay and Northview.
Each of the groups performed three selections for a panel of three judges before heading to another room where they had to sight read a piece in front of a judge.
Awards are given like grades in class based on achievement, and include gold, silver, bronze and participation awards. There is no ranking of groups.
Groups also perform in one of four classes based on difficulty.
Northview was represented by one choral group and two bands and all three groups received first division ratings.