This Saturday, the Northview High School Winter Guard will compete in the Indiana High School Color Guard State Finals at Center Grove High School.
The Knights compete in the World Class Division and will begin their performance at 8:15 p.m.
Northview will be the first guard to hit the floor in the World Class competition Saturday and will be followed by Center Grove, Warren Central, Carmel and Avon.
The awards will be handed out at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Northview's show lasts approximately six minutes and requires the members of the guard to perform at the highest level.
In order to compete in the World Class Division, Northview Band Director Bob Medworth said all shows must be at that skill level.
"It's the most difficult skill level," Medworth said of the World Class Division.
There are other classes in winter guard, including Class A and Open Class. Each class has specific set of requirements that must be added to routines, dealing with flags, rifles, sabers, and dance skills.
"If you're in World Class, then you have to be doing World Class skills the whole time," Medworth said. "If you start doing easy stuff, your score will get killed. It's not like you can do them once.
"Not only do your kids have to have the skills, but the design of the show and your instructors have to have those skills too."
Northview's 2009 show is called "A Young Person's Guide To The Zodiac."
NHS Winter Guard Director Ruth Ann Medworth said the show coincides with the orchestral piece, "A Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra," written in 1946 by Benjamin Britten.
There are 13 guard members on the squad this year, fitting to the specifics of the Zodiac signs.
"We took that as an opportunity," she said.
Ruth Ann said each girl on the squad will represent a sign of the zodiac and have painted signs of the zodiac on their costumes. In addition, she said hair and makeup are made up different for each zodiac.
She added the zodiac circle is painted on the team's tarp as well as the different names of the zodiac.
"We're just ising that as a tool," she said. "It gives the girls some direction. They've had some fun with that."
The state finals begin Saturday with Class A at 1 p.m. The Open Class competition is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to Saturday's contest, the Northview Winter Guard will also compete in the Winter Guard International Finals (WGI) in Dayton, Ohio, April 3-5, while also conducting an exhibition in Centerville, Ohio, April 2.
Guard members participating in the performance include Kayla Vinzant, Jessica Navel, Morgan Cook, Emilie Gottsche, Oakley Campbell, Taylor Michaels, Sydney Hayes, Kendra McCrea, Brogan Lucas, Amy Cunningham, Sara Mills, Sydney Whitaker and Baileigh Burns.
Instructors include Ruth Ann Medworth, Jon Vanderkolff, Katie Townsend, Michael Townsend, Daniel Holland and Laura Gasper.