The CVHS Winter Guard has been consistently ranking high in competitions, even among groups with far more training and experience. The Winter Guard consists of a flag, saber, and rifle line, and the team members have set high expectations for themselves, hoping to continue to score higher. However, unfortunate training conditions have proven to be a roadblock in their progress.
The team does not have access to a gym or any other training facility, which forces participants to practice in the quad or on the baseball field. With those already undesirable setbacks, participants believe winter cold and rain contribute to injuries.
“Many of the injuries have made it hard for members to be ready to perform,” stated Marissa Salvato, the Winter Guard captain. “Many of our members have dance work that involves rolling and being on the ground. They have many bruises all over their knees and legs and it makes them unable to reach their full potential.”
Even on rainy days, when the cafeteria doors are opened to them, the team has trouble with practicing, as the building is now far too small to support their growing numbers and complicated choreography.
Huijun Huang, another Winter Guard member, expressed a desire for better communication. “I personally think that the school should have a system for gym use to simply notify us the availability of the facilities. It would be wonderful for us to use the gym when it is not being used by other sports,” she said.
In response, the school is doing everything it can to help, but the recent construction prevents many other activities from taking place, and the school lacks the facilities to provide indoor space. The basketball teams end up taking priority in the gym because those are the only places with nets.
“We empathize with the guard, and wish we had a facility to support everyone who wanted to practice every day,” stated Activities Director Michael Kentris. “With all the construction going on, it is impacting every group on this campus. It is displacing all different types of groups.”
The CVHS Winter Guard has earned an honorable name in the sport, able to keep pace with the veteran teams in just its second year. Participants continue to hope that they will get access to indoor practice space that would allow them to excel to even greater heights.