In the past two seasons, the group has not made the finals of the Scholastic World Division Winter Guard International contest.
Last year, the Knights made it to the semifinal round.
But director Ruth Ann Medworth said there is a sense of optimism surrounding the group this year heading into the contest, which begins Thursday.
"I think we've got the kids and the program to do it, to make finals," she said. "We're really in the ball game this year."
The Knights will compete against 20 other groups in the 2011 Color Guard World Championships. The three-day competition takes place at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Cuts will be made each day before the finals Saturday.
The first round of competition begins Thursday, and Northview will perform at 8:55 p.m.
The semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the finals will take place Saturday. Both the semifinals and finals will be performed at the University of Dayton.
Other schools competing in the Scholastic World Division include Americas High School (El Paso, Texas), Arapahoe High School (Centennial, Colo.), Arcadia High School (Arcadia, Calif.), Avon High School (Indiana), Carmel High School (Indiana), Center Grove High School (Indiana), Chino High School (Chino, Calif.), Choctawhatchee High School (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), Flanagan High School (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.), Lawrence Central High School (Indiana), Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, Ill.), Miamisburg High School (Miamisburg, Ohio), Mission Viejo High School (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Norwin High School (North Huntingdon, Pa.), Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego), Seminole High School (Seminole, Fla.), Trumbull High School (Trumbull, Conn.), Warren Central High School (Indiana), and West Johnston High School (Benson, N.C.).
Medworth said she believes the Knights are prepared for three days of stiff competition.
"They're looking really strong," she said of the group, "but you never know how the performance is going to end up and how the judges perceive that. There are just so many variables. We're just going to have to try our best."
Members of the NHS group include Mackenzie Brush, Baileigh Burns, Darci Chambers, Katie Jo Coltharp, Amy Cunningham, Millie France, Bobbie Gorby, Sydney Hayes, Macy Mayle, Kendra McCrea, Sara Mills, Haley Morris, Caitlin Stemm, Samantha Squires and Sydney Whitaker.