Winter Guard to march in parade

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville High School Winter Guard recently celebrated the conclusion of their first season with an awards ceremony April 15.

Throughout the season, the team competed in five invitational events, as well as in the 2016 Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Championships, held in North Syracuse on April 2, a news release said.

According to team advisor Kari Laubscher, the team showed overall growth with a score increase of 36.68 points for the season, the release said.

The group was formed thanks to a student-led movement initiated by alumnus instructor Alex Rose during the 2015 school year and represents the first competitive color guard in Gloversville in more than two decades, the news release said.

According to the release, Winter Guard is known as the “Sport of the Arts.” Athletes compete with a choreographed, dramatic dance performance, which features flags, rifles and sabers. Scores are compiled based on movement, equipment mastery, show concept/design and general effect.

The Guard will march with the Gloversville High School Marching Band during this year’s Memorial Day Parade May 30. The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m., the news release said.

The team is currently raising funds to purchase team jackets to display their school colors. Donations to the team can be made through their Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/3errwupg, the news release said.