P-CEP Winterguard at World Finals 2018 (Photo: Julie Aldlhoch)P-CEP Winterguard at World Finals 2018 (Photo: Julie Aldlhoch)The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Winter Guard placed second in the Scholastic Open division at the WGI Color Guard World Championships today in Dayton, Ohio.

The team, comprised of 24 P-CEP students, presented the audience with three stellar performances of their program, The Artist is Present. In the preliminary round of the Scholastic Open Semifinals, the team had a first place finish in their first round block with a score of 91. In the semifinal round, the team received a score of 92.700 in their block, qualifying them for the final round.

P-CEP competed against the top 15 Scholastic Open level winter guard teams in the world in the final round, and received a score of 95.450 – just a couple of points behind the first place team, Park Vista High School from Lake Worth, FL. 

Winter Guard Practice Performance 2018 (Photo: Julie O'Connor)Winter Guard Practice Performance 2018 (Photo: Julie O'Connor)

According to the team’s coaches, Lucas Schmidt and Seth Williams, the production is a look into what it means to be a performer and an audience member. There are times when the guard members are acting as audience members clapping and cheering for the main soloist. The main soloist takes on the role of the sole performer throughout the production. It is a celebration of how performing in front of an audience is vulnerable and intimate.

“You’re giving a part of yourself to the audience every time you perform,” said Schmidt. “In moments when the Winter Guard are “performers” and no one is an acting audience member, it is about trust. No one can do this alone and as a team we must work together to achieve.”

In addition to their incredible performances at the world competition, the P-CEP Winter Guard was ranked first in the state in the Scholastic Open division at the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Championships on April 7. 

“I’m very proud of the group this year,” said Schmidt. “All of the girls have worked really hard to tackle all the extremely difficult things we have thrown at them all season long. They’ve had great success and continue to inspire those around them, including me!”

“The guard’s performance today was captivating,” said G. Jon Thomann, director of bands at P-CEP. “The crowd loved the show, and it was so great to see all of their smiles after their final performance. It takes a lot of consistent effort in the journey to perform at their level. I offer my sincere congratulations to the students, their supportive parents and our outstanding guard leaders, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Williams and the rest of the staff.”

P-CEP Winter Guard 2018 Worlds (Photo: Stacey Parker)P-CEP Winter Guard 2018 Worlds (Photo: Stacey Parker)The Plymouth-Canton Winter Guard team members include: Lindsay Adlhoch, Sophia Aneshansel, Alyssa Aznavorian, Tatiana Battagin, Melanie Boudreau, Bella Buchart, Enya Chen, Grace Chinitz, Catherine Christenson, Alexandra Clemens, Hailey Deptula, Rori Kennedy, Avery, Matthews, Allison Mattson, Amanda Mykrantz, Prairna Pannu, Sami Parker, Hannah Passerman, Kaleigh Pyko, Elise Reed, Madison Rosol, Kiana VanNest, Elizabeth Varton and Allie Walter.

The team’s coaching staff includes: Lucas Schmidt, Seth Williams, Anna Berry and Katie Hopkins.