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Northview guard prepped for weekend

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ruth Ann Medworth
Ruth Ann Medworth is confident her squad will perform well this weekend.

"It's been great," the Northview High School Winter Guard director told The Brazil Times. "The show has been really well received. The girls have worked really hard and their skills are improving every day. It's been really amazing."

The 15 NHS students will take part in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Mid-South Color Guard Championships in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday.

The Northview group competes in both the WGI and the Indiana High School Color Guard Association (IHSCGA) during the season.

"The (IHSCGA) is just for Indiana schools," Medworth said. "But (WGI) is for anybody. It's schools all over the country. It can be any group of people getting together and having a (team)."

Medworth added international teams also compete in WGI.

The local squad left Brazil Thursday for Nashville. Competing in the Scholastic World Division, the most difficult level for guard groups, the Knights will take on Carmel and Warren Central from Indiana, Centerville (Centerville, Ohio), Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, Ill.) and Norwin (North Huntingdon, Pa.).

Saturday competition in the division will begin with Centerville at 3:40 p.m., followed by Marian Catholic at 3:50, Warren Central at 4, Carmel at 4:10, Norwin at 4:20, and Northview at 4:30.

The performances will take place at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University.

Medworth said this weekend's performance is essentially a "tune-up" for the 2011 Color Guard World Championships, scheduled to take place April 7-9, in Dayton, Ohio.

"You want to see as many national judges as you can," she said. "You want them to see you as many times as you can."

During the Dayton event, cuts will be made every day until a winner is declared. Performances will take place at the University of Dayton Arena.

Medworth added the Knights have competed against the schools they will face this weekend already this year. For example, Northview saw Warren Central and Carmel in the IHSCGA State Finals last weekend, where the Knights placed third with a score of 86 in the World Class Division. Carmel won with a 91.6 while Warren Central was fourth with a 79.7.

"We think we've been doing really well," she said. "It will be interesting to see."

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