Winterguard nabs first-place, highlights program growth
The Cy Springs winterguard placed first out of seven schools at their competition at Turner High School on Feb. 2.
“I think something that prepared us for this win is that we feel like we have something to prove,” captain Citlalli Reynoso said. “We’ve built this program up for the past few years and we’re making a name for ourselves.”
Two years ago, the team placed last at their first competition of the season by placing 12 out of 12..
“It was rough at the beginning because almost everyone was new- including our director Ms. Zientek,” co-captain Gabriela Sims-Padron said. “However, she had a goal to train a talented team in the upcoming years. “
Coach Grace Zienteck listed a lack of funds, limited practice facilities, and a lack of recognition among some of the challenges the team’s faced over the years. However, Zienteck also highlighted her team’s determination by describing how they’ll even practice in hallways when necessary.
“Above all, I want to create a home for the students where they can feel free to be who they want to be, work together, and not be afraid to push themselves and each other.” Zienteck said. “We want to push and motivate each other to be the absolute best that we can be. If getting a trophy is the result, then great! If not, that’s great too!.”
But, for a team’s that fought for their spot at the top so doggedly, placing first in their first competition of the season feels like validation.
“I believe we achieved first place because of the hard work and perseverance the team put into each and every single rehearsal, “first lieutenant Mariana Medina said. “We got first place because we didn’t give up.”
The junior varsity team also managed to place 4 out of 10 in their first-ever competition, but their ambitions don’t stop there.
“Competitively speaking, the goal for this season is to have our JV team reach top 3 and our varsity team advance to state championships in March,” Zienteck said. “…As far as the future is concerned, my plan is for this year’s freshman to compete in the Scholastic National A class in the Winter Guard International competition. It is a long shot but if we all put forth our best foot, it can be done.”