“To be in the Scholastic A class is an extreme accomplishment regardless of where you place moving forward. The students were shocked and surprised but are ready to accept the next challenge.”
Dalton High School's Winter Guard was recently awarded a Scholastic A classification, a very distinguished recognition.
Amber Dean, teacher at Dalton High, led a group of 13 students to the competition. The team competed in a choreographed performance incorporating rifles, sabers and dance.
The competition is judged on many different components such as design analysis, technique and body movement.
Despite knowing the pressures that come with attempting to move towards the next classification, Dean decided to challenge her team by designing a show in which they would prepare themselves to be promoted.
The competition allowed for the freedom of choosing any theme to go along with the choreography. Dean decided to take an inspirational approach by choreographing a dance on how technology consumes our lives.
"The theme for our show this year is called, "disconnected" and it starts off with a monologue about how you statistically spend four years of your life looking at your phone," said Dean. "It's about how we have social media and all this other stuff that connects us, but we miss out on the one-on-one communication with others."
Although the theme is an important part of the competition, the choreography accounts for a huge part of determining one's classification.
Dean explained that earning a Scholastic A classification is no easy feat. It requires an extensive amount of work and patience to achieve such recognition.
"Scholastic A is a prestigious class and it takes a lot of years and programs for guards to get there." Dean said.
Due to the intensity of the competition, most schools opt to start the program during middle school and continue to advance in high school.
Through tough grind and fierce determination the team was able to hurdle through all obstacles by achieving this rare accolade in only one year.
Dean emphasized how proud she felt when learning that they achieved the Scholastic A classification. However, she owed it all to the hard work and perseverance of the team.
"I was excited for them, but with that comes a lot of work and responsibility," Dean said. "To be in the Scholastic A class is an extreme accomplishment regardless of where you place moving forward. The students were shocked and surprised but are ready to accept the next challenge."