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Grand Oaks Color Guard Places Ninth at World Competition

The Grand Oaks Color Guard with their first place medals and banner at TCGC State contest with director Trace Brown. Photo used from Trace Brown.

Winter Guard is an activity that many do not understand; it is a sport, it is a fine art and it encompasses its own world most do not know even exists. The team at Grand Oaks High School got to experience that world this past weekend when they competed at the world competition, Winter Guard International, or WGI.

The GOHS Color Guard has worked hard to gradually get better and better over the years. With a school only 6 years old, getting to a place of winning awards and even being able to go to the WGI competition is a huge success. The team ranked first place at the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) contest earlier this month, then travelled to Dayton, Ohio this past week for WGI where they debuted in world competition for the first time and got first place with a score of 89.29 in their division in prelims, third place with a score of 90.86 in semi-finals, and ninth place with a score of 91.83 in finals competition in Scholastic A Class.

“I think what we’ve been doing this past season has been absolutely incredible and something that not many guards can achieve,” senior captain Hailey Garcia said. “And the fact that we have is speaking a lot for itself.”

The camaraderie and teamwork is something that has helped the guard to stick together and make it as far as they have.

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“It feels like a dream and it feels like something that everybody could only wish for,” sophomore Kelsey Branham said. 

Going into the competition at finals, many members of the team had a mindset of just having fun since making it to finals alone was really the goal.

I am not super worried or super nervous,” Hailey said. “I’m just glad that we’ve made it this far and whatever the placement is, as long as I have a good, good run and do my best, that is literally all that matters.”

The team has experienced so much over the past six years and grown so much. The simple fact that they were able to go perform in Ohio was an amazing opportunity and experience for most of the team.

“It makes me really happy,” senior Mia Ortiz said. “But honestly, it’s something that I will definitely remember because having to practice with masks on and not even having practices half the time to performing in Ohio, it’s something life changing.”



Photos by Rylee Turner


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Blair Davis
Blair Davis, Yearbook/Newspaper Adviser
Blair Davis is the adviser for the Grand Oaks High School Yearbook, the Ursa Major, and the Newspaper, The Grizzly Gazette! Mrs. Davis has been in education her entire life. She is originally from a small town called Williston, Florida, born in Gainesville, home of the Florida Gators, and was raised to be a fan of the team, and eventually moved to Spring, Texas in July of 2005 due to her mother’s job.  Davis grew up in Conroe ISD and graduated from Oak Ridge High School, then moved to Huntsville with family to go to college at Sam Houston State University. Davis directed the color guard for Conroe High School from 2016-2019 while in college obtaining a Bachelors Degree in English. She then left the district to work her first English teaching job in Bryan ISD to be with her soon to be husband. After a short school year in Bryan-College Station, Davis married her husband, and their family moved back to Conroe where Davis worked in Spring ISD for one year, then quickly accepted a teaching position at Grand Oaks High School. Since being at Grand Oaks, she has taught Sophomore English, Junior English, Practical Writing, Journalism, and run the Advanced Journalism programs. Davis currently has two beautiful children: Aurora Lynn, 7, and Coleman Blair, 1. Davis plans to continue teaching the Journalism and Publications programs at Grand Oaks and soon apply for a masters degree program in Journalism.
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