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Hall of Famer!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Northview High School Color Guard Instructor Ruth Ann Medworth will be inducted into the Winter Guard International (WGI) Hall of Fame Wednesday, April 6, in Dayton, Ohio. [Order this photo]
* Ruth Ann Medworth to be inducted into WGI Hall of Fame

Since she was a student in the Mitchell Community School Corporation, Ruth Ann Medworth has had a passion for activities.

"I loved all the extra-curricular at school," Ruth Ann said. "I've always loved this kind of activity."

As a junior high school student, her Physical Education teacher got her interested in guard.

That interest recently paid off as the Winter Guard International (WGI) announced Ruth Ann was going to be inducted to its Hall of Fame.

Ruth Ann told The Brazil Times she received a call from a current Hall of Famer in December notifying her she had been honored.

"It's very humbling," Ruth Ann said. "Some of the people involved are those that you look up to.

"The people that are in there right now are very talented people. I never saw myself in that category."

Kevin and Noreen Roberts, Huntington Beach, Calif., were also inducted in this year's class.

A ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 6, prior to the beginning of the 2011 Color Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Forty-one others have been inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame, which, according to a WGI press release, is the "highest honor presented to individuals who have influenced WGI history through their achievements and contributions."

Ruth Ann has directed the Northview High School (and former Brazil High School) Color Guard since 1977.

Ruth Ann has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana High School Color Guard Association (IHSCGA) and WGI. She was Vice President of WGI from 1995-2009.

She has worked as an instructor with Howard Payne University clinics, Bands of America, Indiana State University clinics and Smith Walbridge Camps since 1974, where she currently serves as head clinician.

She has also choreographed for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade and the Singapore National Day Celebration and was honored by the IHSCGA with the Envoy Award.

Since coming to Northview/Brazil, Ruth Ann has guided the Color Guard squad to the IHSCGA Novice Class Championship in 1984, and the IHSCGA State Championship twice, winning in 1985 and 1991.

The Northview Winter Guard has been a WGI Scholastic World Class finalist 20 times.

Ruth Ann earned a degree in Physical Education at ISU and came to Clay County with her husband, Bob, in 1977.

She teaches Physical Education and health in the Clay Community School Corporation.

She will be guiding the Northview Winter Guard in the WGI Preliminaries in Dayton, Ohio, the night before the induction.

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Congrats to Ruth Ann......you are very deserving of this honor!! Clay County is very lucky to have you and Bob with us for so many years - keep up the good work!

-- Posted by County Taxpayer on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 7:19 PM

Congratulations, Ruth Ann. Sometimes people overlook achievements in areas that are not as high profile as others but require all of the work, devotion, and dedication to make the accomplishment. To be honest, until I saw the article, I didn't know that there was a Winter Guard International Hall of Fame. But, obviously, you belong in it!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 4:48 AM

Makes you wonder why there isn't a Marching Band Hall of Fame, because if there were one, certainly both Bob and Ruth Ann Medworth would be in it.

Congrats Ruth Ann (and Bob) and thank you for your many years of service to our community! You are both great leaders of young people, truly an asset in any community.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 7:54 AM

Very much deserved!!! Thank you for helping to shape my life in such a positive way.

-- Posted by MM85 on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 12:09 PM

Congratulations Ruth Ann! It is wonderful to be recognized in this capacity....all because you have a passion for what you do! Here's to you and many more years of your guidance!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 12:33 PM

I admit a lot of hard work goes into the guard and Ruth Ann and her team are deserving of this honor. But there is a lot of talent there in the school that cannot perform due to weight limits that are placed on the guard members. It's unhealthy and unrealistic. They were in place when I went to school there and im not sure if they are still in place. Lift the limits and open the doors to those who want to perform and be marching knights.

-- Posted by Knightsvillegal21 on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 8:25 PM

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