Winter Guard gears up for competition season

Lauren Kriss

The State Champion Winter Guard is getting ready for an even bigger season than last year. Since winning state, the pressure is on to defend their 2012 title.

They have their eye on an even bigger competition this year in addition to UIL, International Regional’s. It will be their first time competing in the Winter Guard International, or WGI, circuit. 

Despite all the uncertainty, director Andy Mroczek is very confident that Cedar Park has a great chance at winning since the entire guard has mastered flag techniques as well as rifles, which are considered a higher level skill.

With choreography beginning, winter guard members are buckling down to prepare for their first competition on Jan. 26 at Hendrickson High School. Senior guard Carly Burcham is ready for whatever this season throws at her.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Burcham said.  “It’s going to be interesting and we are going to grow in performing this year.”

This year the guard is looking to perform more outside of their competition circuit, according to Mroczek. Also, they will be hosting a show along with the CP drum line on Feb. 2, along with choreographing and performing routines for the basketball half-time show. Sophomore guard Sarah Hinderliter is looking forward to the competition season especially.

“I’m excited for the competitions, because it’s fun to work really hard on something and perform it for people,” Hinderliter said.