MERCED, CA – On March 19th, the Merced High School Winter Guard competed at the Winter Guard International, Western Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. In total, there were seventy-seven guards performing from ten different states and Canada in competition.
Scholastic A was the largest class with a total of thirty-two guards competing in four rounds for Preliminary Competition. Merced had their preliminary performance during Round 3 at Foothill High School in Henderson. The guard had their best performance to date, winning their round, and placed 5th overall. Their stellar performance allowed them to move on to the Semi-Finals Competition that was being held only hours later that same evening at the Mack Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Due to the abundance of guards in the Scholastic A Class, an extra semi-final round was created to reduce the number of guards to perform in Finals Competition down to only eight. The sixteen guards were split into two rounds and Merced went on second to last in Round 2. Merced improved its performance once again and moved up to 4th place overall earning themselves a spot in Finals Competition the following day.
The guard got some much needed rest and returned to Mack Center for Finals Competition early Sunday morning. After a grueling day on Saturday, the Merced HS Winter Guard was able to put together a nearly flawless run. Their performance allowed Merced to maintain their 4th place position, improving upon their 6th place finish from 2014 and increasing their score by 7 points from the year prior.
Merced HS has continued to establish themselves as one of the best winter guards in the West and the nation. After the final seeding was done on Monday for World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, Merced HS would have been the 8th seed out of 120 high school Scholastic A Winter Guards across the nation were they to attend this prestigious event.
The students and staff have worked very hard to become one of the best winter guards on the West coast and are very proud to represent Merced High School when they take the floor in competition. The guard will be competing for the last time this year on April 2nd at Clovis North HS in their circuit Championships.