On Saturday, April 2, the Hamilton High School Winter Guard Teams competed in their State Championship events. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Winter Guards returned to Hamilton as State Champions in their respective classes.
The Varsity Winter Guard traveled to Wapakoneta High School to compete against dozens of other schools in the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (“OIPA”) State Championships. In front of an electrified crowd, the varsity team put on a stunning performance that earned them the State Championship Title. The team was presented with Gold Medals, a State Champion Banner, and a traveling trophy in recognition of their achievement.
The Junior Varsity Winter Guard, performed at the MEPA (Mid-East Performance Association) Circuit Championships, earning a Gold Medal. The JV team competed against 14 other Scholastic Regional A and AA schools and finished in first place with a score of 85.7. The JV team was undefeated in MEPA competition this season, despite being promoted to a more difficult classification after their first contest in January. This season was the first time in program history that the JV Winter Guard appeared at a Championship Finals event. The JV Winter Guard competes against teams from around the tri-state area, many of which are their respective school’s varsity teams.
The Varsity Winter Guard’s state championship performance was only the most recent accolade in the course of a tremendously successful season. The team also performed at the Winter Guard International Regional Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, earning a spot in the Finals event, and placing fifth of over 20 teams. This was the first time the Varsity team has earned a spot in a WGI Finals event. The team had an undefeated season in OIPA competition and was consistently a top-three finisher in MEPA competition.
The Winter Guard Teams are under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Lischak, with assistance from Elizabeth Milks and Hailey Maier.